|Zacchaeus being called down from the tree - by William Hole|
The tale of Zacchaeus, the tax collecting tree climber, is our gospel and once again, the Lord invites himself to the House of Z for dinner. Zacchaeus gives up his practice of extortion and the Book of Wisdom reminds us that the Lord "rebukes offenders, warning them and reminding them of their sins that they might abandon their wickedness and believe..." St. Paul prays that God will make the Thessalonians (and us!) worthy of the calling we have received.
In the gospel it appears that Zacchaeus is looking for Jesus (thus the sycamore ascent) but truly, it's the Lord who's seeking the lost one to rescue him.
How are we lost, you and I?
What is lost within us and needs finding?
And how is the Lord seeking us out?
And, what trees have we recently climbed?
As always, it's important not to let the familiarity of the story lead us to presume we know what it's all about...
The scriptures for Sunday and commentary on them will be found here and if you're bringing children to church with you, check here for hints on helping them prepare to hear the Word.
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