36th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS)

36th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS)

36-та НЕДЕЛА ПО ПЕДЕСЕТНИЦА (НЕДЕЛА НА ЗАКХЕЈ)


GOSPEL READING: Luke 19:1-10

Jesus Comes to Zacchaeus’ House

Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up [a]and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, [b]make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he [c]made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all [d]complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”

8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”

9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

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ЕВАНГЕЛСКО ЧЕТИВО: Лука 19, 1-10

Закхеј

1. Потоа влезе Исус во Ерихон и минуваше низ него. 2. И ете, некој човек по име Закхеј, кој беше началник на митниците, и беше богат, 3. сакаше да Го види Исуса, Кој е Он, но не можеше од народот, оти беше низок. 4. Затоа истрча напред и се качи на една смоква за да Го види, бидејќи покрај неа требаше да мине. 5. Исус, пак, кога дојде на тоа место, погледна угоре, го виде и му рече: „Закхеј, слези побргу, зашто денес треба да бидам во твојот дом.” 6. И тој веднаш слезе и Го прими со радост. 7. И сите, кога го видоа тоа, негодуваа и рекоа: „Отиде во куќата на грешен човек.” 8. А Закхеј застана и Му рече на Господа: „Господи, еве половината од својот имот ќе го дадам на сиромаси; и ако сум зел од некого нешто несправедливо, четворно ќе го вратам.” 9. А Исус му рече: „Денес дојде спасението на овој дом, зашто и тој е син Авраамов. 10. Оти, Синот Човечки дојде да го побара и спаси загубеното.”

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GOSPEL MESSAGE:

A Man Up a Tree

The Gospel lesson today describes an encounter in the life of Zacchaeus that changed the whole direction of his life. It was the day he met Jesus of Nazareth face to face. The whole Gospel is contained in that encounter, for it made Zacchaeus a new and redeemed man. Tradition tells us that he later became Bishop of Caesarea.

One day Jesus was passing through Jericho. Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd and the shortness of his stature. Anyone else would have given up then and there, but not Zacchaeus. So eager was he to see Jesus that he climbed a tree to get to see Him.

Like Zacchaeus, we today will never see Jesus if we remain on the level we are. There are too many persons and things standing in our way. We must climb higher. Fortunately there are trees we too can climb to help us see Jesus.

There is the tree of prayer. Prayer is speaking with Jesus just as really and truly as Zacchaeus did. If we are to see Jesus, to make His presence a reality in our lives, we must climb the tree of prayer daily.

Another way we can see Jesus is through the Bible and the liturgy. God speaks to us today through the Bible which is His personal letter to us. Through the liturgy, He comes to make His home in us through Holy