Thursday, October 25, 2007

Transformed

Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus! A miniature reflection of the ministry of Jesus. Accepted by outcasts, despised by some, and eventually sacrificial to the uttermost. It is a story of the transformation of a person. It is a story about the source of all our societies problems, greed and self aggrandizement. It is a story about the manner in which God can transform corruption into heartfelt generosity. It is the kind of story that cynics cringe to hear in that it gives us hope for the human heart. The power of this story rests in the way Zacchaeus allows God to deal with his misery and loneliness. How often do I reject needy criticism of my life? How many times do I know that if I let another in, I would benefit greatly? Maybe its time we get a better look at this fellow Jesus! Get up a tree and watch the master at work. Who knows he may even invite me home?

2 comments:

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Great to have you back! I'm struck again by how stories are relevant throughout the ages, as we reinterpret them in our own contexts. I guess there is danger there, but I think somehow God speaks through that flexibility.

David said...

I suppose life is a mesh of narrative and little else. My story finding meaning as it interacts with another story past, present or future. I love English literature and as somebody (forget now) said, literature builds castles in the air, each story adding another wing to the building.