Sermon Introduction –
He (Jesus) welcomes sinners and eats with them. The local religious leaders find this practice offensive. Yet, if Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them, then he does the same for me and you. AWESOME!
Introduction to the Readings –
The grumbling of the religious leaders in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God seeks and saves the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As the writer of 1 Timothy reminds us, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Thanks be to God.