Doug Wilson writes about Christ’s pattern of “table fellowship”:
Careful study of the gospels shows us five distinctive characteristics of Christ’s table fellowship. First, He consistently sought out fellowship with outcasts. Secondly, those outcasts responded to Him with joy. Third, the religious establishment routinely grumbled about it. Fourth, the table fellowship was preceded by a call to radical discipleship. And fifth, such incidents frequently conclude with Jesus talking about His redemptive mission.
As he notes, “we should be careful not to let our embrace of His call to radical discipleship in the fourth point turn us into the grumblers of the third point.”
I’d like to try to look at this myself to notice this pattern.