But Jesus breaks down the barriers and intentionally associates and eats with these kinds of "unclean" folks. Instead of Jesus being tainted by their "uncleanness," they are in a sense "contaminated" with Jesus' cleanness and holiness! In the same way, we are called to be with those who sit on the margins, to break down barriers, and even to share a table with them. In so doing, others may encounter Christ's holiness through us.
This week's sermon...from Luke 19:1-10.