|Zacchaeus - Niels Larsen Stevns (1913)|
- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 and Psalm 119:137-144 •
- Isaiah 1:10-18 and Psalm 32:1-7 •
- 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 •
- Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus is one of the hated tax gatherers who betrayed their own people, preferring to collaborate with the Roman imperialists in order to enrich themselves. So it is easy to understand why Jesus would be criticized for going to his house. This was no ordinary 'sinner'. Jesus generally does not explain himself to his critics, but on this occasion he offers a partial explanation. - "salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham".
|Prophets - John Singer Sargent|
In these powerful sentences we hear the first sounds of the Advent season, when it will be opportune for Christians to remind themselves that 'there is still a vision that speaks of the end and does not lie'.