Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Key verse: (5) When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”
Reflection: When Jesus encounters Zacchaeus he says to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” Jesus was all about being in relationship with people and often people he was just meeting for the first time. Jesus didn’t scroll through his contacts to see what friends he wanted to see over dinner. Jesus looked around to the edge and found someone who might need that relationship.
The fascinating truth here is that we are also called to extend that invitation to be in relationship. To be the church of God is to open up within ourselves a welcoming space where the divine guest of the Holy Spirit is free to offer gifts of promise and transformation. I don’t know how that might look in your life but I know how it could look in mine. I need to leave some space in my life so that there is room for someone unexpected. I need to extend an invitation to dinner. Maybe I should not invite myself over for dinner. That is a bit imposing! I could invite neighbors during the week, a colleague when at work and another family on a Sunday after church. What could you do?
Prayer: Spirit of the Living God, present with us now, enter our hearts and our lives. Give us courage to extend an invitation and be church. Today. In Jesus’ name. 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].