Up A Tree?

**Today salvation has come to this house** (Luke 19:9).

Luke 19:9
Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalms 145:1-2,8-11,13-14; II Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10

Sermon Topic


The tragedy of September 11th, put us all in touch with the great Mysteries we encounter in our human situation; the Mystery of Life itself; the Mystery of Love, which is the Mystery of God; the Mystery of Evil, which begs the agonizing question, “Why?”; and, of course, the Mystery of Death, which includes the awesome mysteries of afterlife and salvation.

Salvation! That is the question raised in today’s Gospel Lesson. The story begins with a man named Zacchaeus who is, literally, “up a tree.”

Zacchaeus was a rich Tax Collector, a swindler and extorter of sorts. Therefore his wealth was tainted: ill-gotten. At the time of today’s Lesson, Jesus was passing through Jerico, the town in which Zacchaeus…

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