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In His Hands

Today salvation has come to this house
Luke 9:1-10 or 19:1-10

Sermon Topic Greed

Sermon Week Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 19:9


When a new parish Church was built in an upper middle-class suburb, Sunday mornings in the immediate neighborhood were no longer as quiet as they used to be. The cars were noisy as members of the congregation drove into the Church parking lot or parked in front of homes in the area. The powerful organ and vigorous hymn-singing could be heard a block away. Some of the nearby residents who liked to sleep through their Sunday mornings, circulated a petition to curtail the noise. When the petition was presented to a certain Jewish man who lived within half a block of the Church, he refused to sign. "No," he said, "I won't sign that petition. Those people sing as though they really believe that the Messiah came. If I could believe that, I would sing out even louder, and not just once but seven days a week."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus comes into the neighborhood of a certain Jewish man named Zacchaeus. Although small in stature, Zacchaeus is big in the neighborhood: a "chief tax collector and rich," Luke tells us. He is also a curious man. He wants to get a look at this man, Jesus, whom crowds of people are following wherever He goes. But because he is so short, physically, Zacchaeus can't see above the crowd waiting for Jesus to pass by. So he runs on ahead and climbs a sycamore tree. And when Jesus comes to the place, He looks up and says, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today" (Lk. 19:3, 4-5). Whereupon Zacchaeus scrambles down from the tree, and receives Jesus into his home. Meanwhile, the crowd outside complains that Jesus "has gone to be a guest in the house of a sinner."

There is a "Winnie-the-Pooh" story in which Pooh, the friendly, but no-too-bright bear goes to see "Rabbit," who lives in a hole in the ground. Rabbit, too, is friendly and, like a good host, invites Pooh to have some honey from the honey jar. "Isn't it funny/that bears like honey?" Rabbit quips. Then [...]

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