February 27, 2018
The verse before, it was ‘follow me’ and Levi followed him –
Already, Jesus is scamming a meal from the same guy –
Just as he did from the first disciples’ mother-in-law
(once he had healed her)
The company is disreputable –
more tax-collectors like Levi –
The religious object –
why hang out with sinners?
For Jesus, as worlds collide,
‘What business are we in –
and how’s business?’
(that’s an Anthony B. Robinson quote )
Next, John the Baptist’s disciples,
and the religious,
are fasting –
Like the religious do in Lent –
How come Jesus’ guys don’t fast
like religious people do?
Finally, we get content to Jesus’ teaching –
And it doesn’t make easy sense to me!
What’s a wedding like?
You party with the groom –
Time enough later to fast,
after the wedding!
Wedding customs and cultures vary –
how did you party at your last wedding?
The next pair of aphorisms
attributed to Jesus’ teaching,
don’t make easy sense either
at least not to me,
who doesn’t mend well
and doesn’t use wineskins
Are they really true?
You tell me!
And 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.
When 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?’
When Jesus heard this,
he said to them,
‘Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick;
I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’
Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting;
and people came and said to him,
‘Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?’
Jesus said to them,
‘The wedding-guests cannot fast
while the bridegroom is with them, can they?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them,
they cannot fast.
The days will come w
hen the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth
on an old cloak;
the patch pulls away from it,
the new from the old,
and a worse tear is made.
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins;
otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and the wine is lost, and so are the skins;
but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’