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Thursday 17 January
The tax collector


Read Luke 5:27–39
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ (verses 29–30)

Today we continue to see the outworking of Jesus’ Jubilee vision as he brings good news to the poor. Being poor in Middle Eastern culture is about being poor in social status, not necessarily in terms of wealth. By using the term ‘sinners’, the Pharisees are labelling those with Jesus as outsiders with no status. Moreover, in the Greco-Roman world, tax collecting had a social stigma. Therefore, Levi is an outsider to the Jews and was looked on with disdain in the Greco-Roman world. He is poor in social status and in need of an identity. But there’s good news for Levi, Jesus has come to the poor! Levi follows Jesus, using his wealth selflessly, and it becomes a part of God’s mission, hosting a banquet where many tax collectors, poor in social status, can come to hear the good news. Throughout the Middle East, shared meals symbolise shared lives – intimacy, kinship and a shared identity – and in following Jesus, Levi has found his true identity.

In many cultures today, woman and girls are faced with violence and a lack of human rights simply because they were born as women. Tearfund work with partners around the world to change this social stigma and bring good news to those who have been marginalised. Like Jesus sitting at banquets with those whom society has rejected, our partners prepare feasts in Jesus’ name for all to share in. I see it as God’s banquet continuing through us; and tax collectors (and accountants) are welcome.

† Dear God, thank you that you gave up your status as God of the universe, facing rejection on the cross, to give us the hope of restored identity for those treated as outsiders by the world. Amen










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