Sunday Sermon and A Sunset

31 Oct

“The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.”

– Martin Luther

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A gorgeous Sunday morning. I actually saw the Chateau bus pulling into the Saint Gabriel side lot as I got to the front lot. I ran like O.J. Simpson through the lot, down the back of the building and caught up with the bus as it pulled in. I was out of breath, but I got to greet the seniors as they got off the bus today. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, and everyone was smiling and happy to share the Lord’s Day.

Today’s Gospel was the was the story of the tax collector who was eager to see Jesus. He repented of his evil ways and vowed to make amends. This is the true meaning of faith.

Lk 19:1-10

Gospel

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
“Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
“He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
“Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost.”

********My take on it **** you can say you are sorry all you want, but the true forgiveness only comes if you make amends.

Life is good.

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