The beloved children’s song “Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man” tells the story of a cruel tax-collector-turned-follower of Jesus. Something got a hold of Zacchaeus and when Jesus was coming through town that day, Zacchaeus desperately wanted to see him.
In these few short verses (Luke 19:1-10), we have a story of a man whose life changed from working against the values of God to serving God. No one would have blamed Jesus if he didn’t extend an invitation to someone like that and yet “Zacchaeus’ lifestyle . . . had not moved him beyond the reach of God’s seeking love.”
Zacchaeus was an unlikely Saint in the litany of saints who’ve gone before us. Also, I wonder if Zacchaeus wasn’t much different than all of us – a mix of saint and sinner.
This weekend (5:00 & 9:30 services), we’ll be celebrating our saints who have died this past year. We’ll light a candle in their memory and give thanks to God for their lives. And in all 3 worship services, we’ll celebrate Holy Communion.
Stay warm. Look forward to seeing you in worship,