Cycle C

Good News C49

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 Luke 19:1-10 New American Bible

Luke 19:1-10 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

A great explanation of Zaccheus by John Mark Ministries

 

Zaccheus skit written by Bob Snook copyright 2004

Skit about Zaccheus from The Children's Chapel

Zaccheus song to tune of Where is Bumpkin?

 

 

          There are many times I wished someone had lifted me up on their shoulders so I could see parts of a Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Or wish I was 6 feet 2 inches tall when I am trying to reach an item on the top shelf at the grocery store or to reach the cookies on the top shelf in the kitchen.  Imagine if you were trying to see the most famous person alive today. Who would it be?  What would you do? That’s what Zacchaeus was doing. He was trying to see the most famous person he knew of.  He had heard many good things about Jesus.  He wanted to see Jesus for himself.  Click here to listen to Praise Charts version of Open the Eyes of My Heart (I want to see you)

              How can you get Jesus to come and stay at your home today?  All you have to do is ask Him.  He will come.  He is as close as your heart anytime you want to talk.  You don’t have to climb a tree to get Jesus to notice you.  What can you do to get Jesus to notice you today?  Zacchaeus showed that he had a change of heart and conscience.  He was going to give half of his money and property to the poor.  In addition to that, if he had cheated anyone, he was going to repay them four times over.

So, if you know of something you have done in the past that makes Jesus sad, decide to stop doing the wrong thing.  Start doing what you know will please God.  Look around you.  Many people in this world need help.  Many of them you can see without climbing a tree.  Some people who need help are right there in your own house.  Your parents, brothers, and sisters need help.  Many people in your neighborhood and city need help. 

Many people in your church may need help.  One thing you can do to help others is to pray for them.  Ask God to give them an abundance of food, clothing, and shelter.  Give extra cans of food, clothing you have outgrown, and/or money to buy toothpaste and toothbrushes, to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.  Ask God to grant peace to your family, your neighborhood, your city, and our world.  Ask God to help you learn how to show him that you love Him. 

God sees you all the time no matter where you are, no matter how short or tall, how big or small you are.  He loves you very much. He will hear your prayers from the treetops or in your bed, from the car or at the dinner table.  Wherever you happen to be, God hears you.  He will answer your prayers in wondrous ways because He is a good, loving, and forgiving God.     

 

Say the “Our Father” and thank God for always calling your name and never leaving you out.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                         

 

 

Copyright © 2001, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards