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Oct  2010 26
Up a Tree

 

Jesus defies convention by welcoming Zacchaeus as a new friend in this reflection by Jim Wilson. 

Up a Tree

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost Sunday, Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2010 C Green

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10

 

“‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’” Luke 19:5b-7  (NRSV)

  

Jesus, Jesus, didn’t your mama teach you better?

“No!

All God’s children are precious,

in our house.”

 

Zacchaeus looking on from his inconspicuous perch,

anxious to catch sight of this breath of fresh air,

jumped from that sycamore tree

straight into the welcoming arms of Jesus

 

The proper people mumbled and grumbled,

castigating Jesus for the company he kept,

and Jesus sat at table

enjoying a sumptuous meal and a new disciple

 

A child of Abraham, a rich tax collector,

competing with the temple for the tithe/tax,

pond scum to the “righteous,”

another friend in Jesus’ life

 

 

A powerful lesson in acceptance, forgiveness, discipleship, Jesus gathering this one into his band of followers, another sinner joining the band in marching toward wholeness, through repentance and dedication to the good. -- Jim Wilson

 

Note: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist minister with a close connection to PTS.

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