Daily Worship

Circle of love

Peter Neilson September 13, 2014 0 0

Luke 5: 27-32

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth.“Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Lord, we draw lines in the sand
marking those who are in
and those who are out.

But, Jesus, You redrew the boundaries
so that those who thought they were "out" 
found themselves "in"
and those who thought they were in
shut themselves out.

Lord, give me the courage
to join those who are "out"
and watch you draw 
your circle of love round us both,
as we each turn to face you.