Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
November 3, 2019
Go climb a tree
Remember the last time you waited impatiently in a crowd: a parade route, a concert, a sports arena? Frustration with elbow jostling, packed humanity grows as minutes pass. The thicker the mass of bodies the worse tempers flare, especially when an event is important to us. We’re eager to get to the front of the pack, pushing people aside for a clearer view. In those sardine-like moments, we become Zaccheus: short of stature and temper, eager to shinny up the nearest tree!
But it isn’t a crowd of people that blocks our view of Jesus today. Instead the clutter and noise in our lives makes us Zaccheus, up to our eyeballs and struggling to see over commitments to people, things, goals. We need to climb up and out of the mundane for a clearer vision of the Savior. With our head above the rubble of everyday life, we can hear Jesus call “Come to me, and I will visit with you.” Let’s pray for the courage today to climb a “Zaccheus tree” and spend a few moments, feet dangling in the air and our eyes fixed on Jesus.
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From Rejection to Acceptance
Zacchaeus was a mean-spirited little man (little in every way), who was rejected by his fellow citizens. Yet, hated and shunned by others, Jesus reached out to him with acceptance. Indeed, Jesus invited himself to Zacchaeus’ home for a visit. That shocked the crowd observing the event. But Jesus knew what He was doing. His acceptance of the despised tax collector moved Zacchaeus to change his life and lifestyle. He returned what he had cheated others out of fourfold and gave half of his wealth to the poor. Amazing! Zacchaeus’ story is a reminder that looking to and following Christ can get our lives in proper balance especially in relationship to God and others.