10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but those who are ill. 13 But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’
I desire mercy. You can’t accuse Jesus of ambiguity here, what he’s all about and what he seeks from us is clear. He is not about condemnation but forgiveness and second chances. Think of the day ahead, are there relationships and situations that call for you to show mercy today?
Father, help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.