Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it
Read Luke 19:1-10
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
More thoughts for meditation
Brennan Manning calls his readers to “live out of the center.” A life concentrated on Jesus, free of the opinions of others, focused on following Him radically.
Living out of the center frees us from the tyranny of peer pressure. Living to please the Father, as Jesus did, becomes the basic impulse of a Christian’s life—more important than pleasing people. And this requires a remarkable degree of freedom. Jesus was not intimidated by public opinion, by what “others will think.” In order to be free for the outcasts, the sinners, the marginals in His social world, Jesus has to keep His distance from the expectations and the moralizing judgments of the authorities and respectable. — Brennan Manning in The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus
Suggestions for action
How influenced are you by the opinion of others? How enslaved are you to how the world perceives you? Try to reach out to someone today, whom you think you’ll be judged for loving and caring for, and see what happens. Perhaps you are your own worse judge.
We often talk about “centering prayer.” It is hard to live out of the center if it is hard to find or it is undeveloped. Check out this website for some basic instruction.