We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Jesus wasn't nearly the stuck-up prude that many have been convinced that He is."
I don't think they really had "prudes" in the First Century AD. A hardscrabble, subsistence society could not afford to be too prissy about life's vicissitudes.
So Jesus kept company with prostitutes, tax collectors, lowlifes and various outcasts of every kind. He was also on friendly terms with both the wealthy and the impoverished alike - as well as Roman soldiers.
The point is not that he kept company with them all but that he transformed them all.
After reading this scripture I felt inclined to watch (again) season 1, episode 5 of The Chosen, which beautifully depicts this scene along with some imaginative back story. I love the interaction of Mother Mary and Jesus in this story. She was His mother, after all. The Chosen series is very well done;if you haven't seen it, you really should, even if you don't particularly like "Jesus movies."