As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.’ While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
On hearing this, Jesus said ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means; I desire mercy not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’
In seeking the truth what precepts must we make part and parcel of our lives?
- Firstly you must have an open heart and mind so that you can abandon preconceived notions and expectations about what the truth entails. You have to put your trust in the practice and look to your own experience to reveal the truth.
- Secondly you must realise the necessity of cleansing the mind and recognising the benefits of ridding the body of un-beneficial burdens.