Few Sunday school children haven't heard about the "wee little guy" Zacchaeus, with
whom Jesus had "tea." Adults familiar with the story think it's neat to imagine that Jesus
would pick them out of a crowd like a contestant on The Price is Right and want
to have dinner with them.
Before our dreams get too far ahead of us, we must ponder a couple of things about
Zacchaeus. He went to considerable effort to see Jesus. An adult, even in the first
century, probably looked a little strange scrambling up a tree like a ten-year-old. How
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.