It has been established that the symbolic Bread and Wine are actually Jesus Christ himself, one can begin to question who might be worthy of partaking in the breaking of the bread. Surely, there is no one who truly deserves such a gift. All human beings are flawed, thus, unworthy.

Because Jesus Christ himself is the embodiment of purity and goodness, the idea of flawed human beings partaking in the symbolic Bread and Wine can be off-putting. That is why it came as no surprise that the Pharisees thought it appalling that Jesus broke bread with sinners and tax collectors.  In Mark 2:15-17, it is written:

“And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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