Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


 Opening Prayer

Dear Lord, You are faithful in all your words and in all your works. Lift us up, we who are falling and failing and raise up all who are bowed down. For we will bless your name and praise you forever. Amen.

Scripture Reading

Luke 19:1-10

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.   



When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”


How many times would you have liked to get a better look at Jesus and what he is doing in your life? Wouldn’t it be so simple if all we had to do was climb a tree and then have Jesus invite himself to dinner? The simple fact is that Jesus is constantly inviting himself into our lives and sometimes we do not see or hear him. Maybe, it is not short stature. Maybe, it is our faith or our belief that Jesus can show us a new way to live that is “short”.

When Jesus calls Zacchaeus down from out of the tree, Zacchaeus immediately acknowledges his shortcomings and asks for forgiveness. That is what He is inviting us to as well.
Come down from the tree and invite the mercy and love of God into your life more fully.


Closing Prayer:

May almighty God show us mercy, forgive us our sins, and grant us salvation through, Jesus Christ our brother. Amen. 


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