What struck me about the people around Jesus is that the worse they felt about themselves, the likelier they saw Jesus as a refuge. Peter could not wait to get to Jesus after he betrayed Jesus. A prostitute entered the home of a Pharisee to wash the feet of Jesus. That is a pretty hostile environment for a prostitute. The down-and-out were never afraid to touch Jesus and always tried to be close to Him.
My question then is this: Do we(the church) have the same effect on people?