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Matthew 21:18-46

Today’s Reading is Matthew 21:18-46.

Thanks to the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day Tax Day is today:
“Do you owe the IRS over 20 thousand dollars in back taxes? Do you have unfiled returns, are you under audit? Are your wages being garnished or about to be? Has your bank account been levied? […] Do not deal with the IRS on your own, they’re the most brutal collection agency on the planet. […]”
from a radio ad
Nobody has ever liked tax collectors all that much!

Attitudes on prostitution divide the globe:
Prostitution
Roughly speaking, the possible attitudes are:
• prohibitionism: both prostitutes and clients are criminalized and are seen as immoral, they are considered criminals
• abolitionism: prostitution itself is not prohibited, but most associated activities are illegal, in an attempt to make it more difficult to engage in prostitution, prostitution is heavily discouraged and seen as a social problem
• regulation: prostitution may be considered a legitimate business; prostitution and the employment of prostitutes are legal, but regulated
• decriminalization: prostitution is labor like any other. Sex industry premises should not be subject to any special regulation or laws

Whatever your take on prostitutes and tax collectors may be, Jesus is pretty clear:
“I tell you: the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the Kingdom of God ahead of you.”