The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
“As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging… Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’ ” — Luke 18:35, 41
“There was a man there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was.” — Luke 19:2-3
We are told that, in the last days of Jesus, he made his way from the north in Galilee down south to Jerusalem in Judea. On his way, just miles outside the city of Jerusalem, he encounters two very different people: one a beggar and one a rich tax collector. Both wanted the same thing… to see. Their respective stories of how they come to “see” differ in the details, but the result is the same; their worlds never look the same as a consequence of being made to see by him who came to be the Light of the World.
Our text this Sunday will focus on Zacchaeus, his desire to see Jesus and how this desire changed the way he saw himself and everyone around him. See you on Sunday!