Jesus was eating with his disciples and sinners entered into the house as well. The sinners joined Jesus at the table to take part in the meal. Church was taking place.
God offers himself as the bread of life at the altar table surrounded by God’s disciples. Naturally, this attracts sinners to come take part in the celebration. They don’t get sent to the back or the other room but are welcomed to join right next to Jesus.
The house where Jesus is present is where the church of God is. What is always present are Jesus’ followers who attract and welcome other sinners. Sometimes, however, as sinners we feel that we aren’t worthy to go to church but this was never the case. Jesus welcomes all!
Or other times we as Jesus’ disciples fail to welcome our neighbor. We may be inhospitable when they enter God’s house and not make room even in the seats. How then can we be in full communion with God if we are preventing others from sitting with “Jesus and his disciples”?
Let us remind ourselves that Jesus and his followers want us to join in his holy meal. We shouldn’t use our sins as a roadblock from approaching the table. Or Let us be attentive next time we’re at church if we are preventing someone from sitting next to us. We should aim to imitate the early church of Christ.
If church leadership fail to follow Jesus, can we remain vigilant to God’s Word?
Are we reaching out to our sisters and brothers for us all to remain in communion with God?
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