Proper 26 – Year C

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; (or Isaiah 1:10-18; Psalm 32:1-8); 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

“One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.” – Thomas Fuller

                How high are we willing to climb to get a better view?  Let’s look at our lives.  How comfortable are we?  It is certainly nice to have found our niche and place in life.  But has it become a rut that has made us short-sighted?  Zacchaeus was short in stature, and could not see over the heads of the crowd.  So he climbed a tree to get a better view of Jesus who was passing by (Luke 19:3-4).  Zacchaeus took action to become far-sighted.  Nothing was going to pass him by.  Are we likewise willing to take action?  Without a doubt, Zacchaeus was dissatisfied with his life, no matter how well off he was.  Fullness of life is never about money or comfort, or having arrived.  Are we, deep down, satisfied with how things are going?  A truly happy life for us might well mean some risk and stress, maybe even some trauma and danger. The tree looks high up there, lofty and threatening.  But we will never reach the sweeter fruit unless we climb the tree.  What might this new vision look like for us?  It might mean taking a new job, quitting an old burned out employment, making a baby, getting married, moving to an island, going to school, scaling a mountain, or having dinner guests.  It might be something long lasting or something just for a night.  Either way it will be thrilling.  Sometimes our lives take a shift without our conscious decision.  It might be getting fired or divorced.  We are just hit by a tornado and find ourselves up a tree.  While we are there look around at the vast horizons.  Remember Zacchaeus had dinner with Jesus that night.  What would our life changing dinner conversation be?


                Most translations of Luke 19:4 say that Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree.  Some say a sycamore-fig tree and others say a mulberry tree, or a fig mulberry tree.  There is obviously some confusion about all this.  Some say the leaves resemble those of the mulberry, and its fruit resembles figs.


Tossed tall up the tree,

potential seeing of days,

far-sighted, new times.