Luke 19: 1-10
He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “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.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 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.”
Lord of the lost, you came into our homes and call us your own: may our tables be graced by your presence as guest and our possessions freed to save the poor; through Jesus Christ, the Seeker. Amen
Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009) alt.
- What does this passage say to the Church?
- Can you think of a time when you have been as generous as Zacchaeus promised to be?
- What does this passage say to you?
- What do you think of Jesus’ response to Zacchaeus’ plan-“Salvation has come to this house?
- Are there any changes in your life as a Good Steward that the passage encourages you to make to be more generous with God’s kingdom?
- Lucia is said to have convinced her mother to allow her to spend her dowry money to assist the poor. Have you ever been so generous?
From the Diocese of New Westminster