Fifth Sunday in Lent - April 2, 2017
The reading from Luke:
(Luke 18:31 - 19:10 NLT) (31) Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, "Listen, we're going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. (32) He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. (33) They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again."
(34) But they didn't understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.
(35) As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. (36) When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. (37) They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. (38) So he began shouting, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
(39) "Be quiet!" the people in front yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
(40) When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, (41) "What do you want me to do for you?"
"Lord," he said, "I want to see!"
(42) And Jesus said, "All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you." (43) Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.
--19-- (1) Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. (2) There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. (3) He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. (4) So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.
(5) When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. "Zacchaeus!" he said. "Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today."
(6) Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. (7) But the people were displeased. "He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner," they grumbled.
(8) Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, "I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!"
(9) Jesus responded, "Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. (10) For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost."