Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 3, 2013


Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 19:1-10

At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus was a fully alive human being who was keenly sensitive to the people around him. He looked into the faces of people and saw not what other people saw but rather the whole range of possibilities that existed latent in the individual. In Zacchaeus, the townspeople saw only a sinner, a man who extorted money from them and did no good for the poor. But Jesus saw something else entirely: in Zacchaeus Jesus saw the potential for joy, goodness, repentance, and generosity. When we see with the eyes of the world, the surfaces of things stand out, but putting on the mind of Christ allows us to see what God intends with everyone around us.

Spiritual reading: There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls. (Howard Thurman)


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