Matthew got Jesus in further trouble by having a sort of going-away party at
his house. The Gospel tells us that "many" tax collectors and "those known as
sinners" came to the dinner. The Pharisees were still more badly shocked. What
business did the supposedly great teacher have associating with such immoral
people? Jesus' answer was, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the
sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners" (Matthew 9:12b-13). Jesus is
not setting aside ritual and worship; he is saying that loving others is even
No other particular incidents about Matthew are found in the New Testament.
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