Friday, 21 March 2014

Change of plan

Luke 19:1-6
Jesus and Zacchaeus
 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 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.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.

What made Jesus look up
and see Zaccheus?
And then what persuaded him
to change his plan
and stay with the tax collector?
Jesus - on a mission
with an appointment
with a cross
took time
to meet this little person
and change his life
and the life of his community
For such radical change
is rarely restricted
to the one in whom it is wrought
but ripples out
to affect others
- for good or evil.
What if we were more intentional
about our passing encounters
recognising their potential
to change lives
to change communities
to change plans
both now
and for generations to come?
To all whom we encounter this day
may we bring love and compassion
and a change of direction
for the good of all.

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