Few Sunday school children haven't heard about the "wee little guy" Zacchaeus, with
whom Jesus had "tea." Adults familiar with the story think it's neat to imagine that Jesus
would pick them out of a crowd like a contestant on The Price is Right and want
to have dinner with them.
Before our dreams get too far ahead of us, we must ponder a couple of things about
Zacchaeus. He went to considerable effort to see Jesus. An adult, even in the first
century, probably looked a little strange scrambling up a tree like a ten-year-old. How
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.