Jesus is reprimanded for identifying with the riff‑raff, but He once again straightens out the Pharisees whose narrow‑mindedness excludes certain people from their association. Notice how comfortable Jesus is with those who are considered by society to be different.
“The healthy do not need a physician…sick people do.” Matthew literally celebrates the new found life in Jesus Christ. He throws a party in honor of Jesus and invites all his fellow sinners to meet Jesus.
Matthew has discovered something new in his life since he met Jesus and he wants to celebrate. May we all feel a bit more comfortable with all the other sinners who gather at the Lord’s table and not be judgmental as the Pharisees.