Fortunately, Jesus does not thrust on us the expectations that we place upon ourselves. … The call of Jesus is first and foremost a relational call. Jesus’ original, direct command to Zacchaeus is not that he reform his life, not that he be a little nicer, not that he make amends with the people that he has cheated. Jesus urges Zacchaeus only to come down [from the tree] and engage with him. He extends a loving invitation and investment.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)
How would you prepare for having Jesus come to your home for a visit? Join the conversation.
[The disciples from Emmaus] said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when [Jesus] spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”
—Luke 24:32 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Word, the Bible. Help me to always draw closer to you by reading and reflecting on the truths in scripture. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
The Academy for Spiritual Formation is excited to announce that The Long Road Towards Justice and Beloved Community: A Civil Rights Pilgrimage will take place November 5 – 11, 2023. Applications are now being accepted. The early bird application deadline is May 1. Find out all the details and apply here today.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.