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Just Let Go!

Today salvation has come to this house
Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalm 145:1-2,8-11,13-14; II Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10

Sermon Week Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 19:9

Robert Murray M'Cheyne is revered in Scotland as one of that nation's great Christian Preachers. Although he died at an early age, he had already become a household name in his lifetime. He was fond of telling the story of the night he preached on the text from John's Gospel in which Jesus says, "I am the door; if any one enters by Me, he will be saved" (Jn. 10:9). A man who had listened to the sermon came to him later and said:

I've been a Church member all my life, but I never felt close to Christ until now. Something clicked when I heard you preach tonight, and I felt that Jesus was very near to me. Listening to you preach about Jesus' words, "I am the door; if anyone enters by Me, he is saved," I realized my problem for all those years: I had been trying to enter the wrong door! I had been trying to go through the saints' door, and I couldn't make it. You made it clear today that I must go through the sinners' door.

"Now is the favorable time; this is the day of salvation," the Apostle Paul wrote to the members of the Church in Corinth (2 Cor. 6:2). Now! Today! Amid our daily ups and downs, amid our joys and sorrows, amid our earthly pilgrimage, God wants to bring us alive to His saving Presence. God wants us to make the Good News of Jesus Christ the basis of our everyday experience. God wants us to trust in His promise that this is the day of salvation for each of us.

Today's Gospel story is about an encounter Jesus had with a man who had made a fundamental change in his attitude and approach to life -- a man seeking salvation. This man, Zacchaeus, was a tax collector who had grown wealthy in his profession. We may assume from what we know about the social and political conditions of the time that he had acquired at least some of his fortune through unethical business practices -- even gangsterism. (That's what tax [...]

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