Pondering for Sunday, November 3, 2019

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of Proper 26, Year C Track 2

Isaiah 1:10-18  Psalm 32:1-82 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Luke 19:1-10

“Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” (Luke 19: 9 – 10)

I always see Danny De Vito as Zacchaeus; a little man but open to change. Funny how a man climbs a tree to see a man who will end his life on a tree.  This is something to ponder later. 

Something else to ponder is that Zacchaeus is called a “chief” tax collector.  This shows how he is considered even further removed from the House of Israel and from the Temple. He is perhaps the most repugnant among the excluded of the Hebrew people. But Jesus hears his change of heart and proclaims him also “a son of Abraham.”  Jesus by passes all the Temple bureaucracy and puts Zacchaeus back into the Promise of God.

My barber gave me a sycamore sapling a few years ago.  It’s growing but not yet large enough or strong enough to climb.  I hope that when Jesus comes my way the tree with be ready.  I am.

Jesus declares that he came to earth for just that reason. He came for people like me.  But like Zacchaeus, I too must get myself into a place where I can see who Jesus is and then allow him to come and visit with me.  I must make right the wrongs I’ve done and promise to do all I can to fix or mend what I’ve broken.  I too want to be placed back into the fold of Abraham.

How about you?  Climbed any sycamore trees lately?  He is coming!

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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