As we celebrate World Communion Sunday, we worship God who unites us across denominations, nationalities,languages, traditions, and customs. When we gather at the table of Christ Jesus, we do so with people throughout the word, to share in this holy meal and learn of God’s expansive love.
As we utilize Scripture and ask theological questions, are we asking to learn or to prove our own points? Jesus, our engaging teacher, meets us in our questions and challenges us to consider that New Life in the Reign of God may bring transformation beyond our imagination.
Jesus, as he interacts with Zacchaeus, connects across a complex web of privilege and limitations related to economics, authority, ability, and hospitality. Where are we called to "look up?" Where are we called to "come down?" What are we being called to see from new perspectives?
In his parable about two people at polar ends of perceptions (and perhaps expression) of righteousness, Jesus invites his followers to consider questions of virtue, fairness, favor, assumptions, and equity. Who decides who is “justified?”