Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Key Verses: 5 Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”
Reflection: Jericho is at a crossroads and is a center of wealth. It has a five-mile stretch of road that is lined with roses as you inter the city. It was known for great dinner parties and I am sure they already had plans for when Jesus came to town. Crowds of people gathered around Jesus so that Zacchaeus had to climb a tree to see him. I guess it was time to leave when Jesus looked up at Zacchaeus and said, “Come down, I am going to your house today.” He was the most unlikely person and yet Jesus chose him — a tax collector who had been on the fringe of society was offered acceptance and forgiveness. Jesus modeled true hospitality for the community.
Hospitality seeks to open up a space where wholeness and fullness of life can be experienced by the one who was once on the outside. Hospitality concerns itself with more than just taking care of another’s need for a meal. Hospitality is about being folded into a loving, accepting community. Jesus lives hospitality and offers it to us as part of the good news of the gospel.
Prayer: God, may I find hospitality in the sacred space of redemption and transformation that you offer. In the name of your Son, who is our good news. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].