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Spiritual Nuggets + January 31, 2016

Zacchaeus Sunday

Masters, Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, and Sisters, bless.

The shadow of Zacchaeus in his tree looms large on us on as we begin to prepare for our Lenten journey to Pascha. The following from St. Augustine (Sermon 174.3, in ACCS, Luke, pg 290) is a keen etymological insight (sycamore meaning "silly fig" from the Greek Syca and Moron] into the foolishness of the cross.

Zacchaeus climbed away from the crowd and saw Jesus without the crowd getting in his way. The crowd laughs at the lowly, at people walking the way of humility, who leave the wrongs they suffer in God's hands and do not insist on getting back at their enemies. The crows laughs at the lowly and says, "you helpless, miserable clod, you cannot even stick up for yourself and back what is your own." ...He ignored the crowd that was getting in his way. Instead, he climbed a sycamore tree, a tree of silly fruit. As the apostle says, "we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block indeed to the Jews [now notice the sycamore] but folly to the Gentiles."
- St. Augustine

In Christ,
+ Fr. Noah


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