"Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he!" Many Sunday school students know the story of Zacchaeus because of this Bible school song. But they don't know the entire story. The song ends with Jesus deciding to go to Zacchaeus' house -- it doesn't go so far as to tell us that Zacchaeus decides to give all his possessions to the poor. Admittedly, it kind of makes Zacchaeus look like a tool. He seems to be saying this just to make people like him. But this won't just be a ploy for acceptance that Zacchaeus can conveniently forget about later.
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.