Mark 2:15-17 NRSVue

15And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Some thoughts on this scripture

The crowds who listened to Jesus were made up of many different kinds of people, many of whom had little in common with each other, some of whom despised others. I pray that Christians may be tolerant of diversity in the way that Jesus was.

The sick and those in need usually approach Jesus boldly and directly; the seemly Pharisees approached the disciples. Much as I rely on others, I an reminded always to bring my needs and questions to Jesus, who has all the time in the world for me.