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Daily Prayer for 15 November 2022

Listen to a service of daily prayer for 2 before Advent: Tuesday, 15 November 2022, including a reflection on the gospel reading


O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
ruler and judge of all,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of this age that is passing away
may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy
surround our steps as we journey on.
May we reflect your glory this day
and so be made ready to see your face
in the heavenly city where night shall be no more.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Luke 19.1-10 
Jesus and Zacchaeus

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’ 


Jesus said: … I must stay at your house today.

Yesterday we heard of the blind beggar whose sight was restored as he cried out for Jesus to have mercy on him. We heard of an outcast from society who was restored in a way that could not be brought about by anyone else. Today we hear of another outcast, but one from the other end of the social hierarchy.

Zacchaeus was a wealthy tax-collector. As such he would have been shunned by the entire Jewish community. Tax-collectors were seen as dishonest collaborators with the ruthless Roman occupying forces. Their chosen profession distanced them from other Jews because it was seen as reinforcing a brutal regime as well as providing a source of income that was derived from oppression and sharp practice. Zacchaeus was certainly another outcast, and an outcast who was viewed as being beyond hope. Then Jesus entered Jericho.

Like the blind beggar we read about yesterday, Zacchaeus must have heard about Jesus. Whilst he probably did not consider himself to be in need of ‘healing’, his curiosity was aroused. Rumours of Jesus must have been widespread. Large crowds gathered around him to hear his teaching and to witness the power that emanated from him. Zacchaeus was certainly curious, but his efforts to see Jesus were thwarted by his diminutive stature. In order that he might gain a glimpse of the Son of God he had to make an extra effort, he had to climb a sycamore tree.

It is not made clear whether the climbing of the tree was the catalyst for Jesus’ words and actions, but it is clear that it was a sufficient demonstration of faith for Jesus to, once again, challenge the taboos of the Jewish community and invite himself into the house of the chief tax-collector.

We are all very good at judging others, sizing them up according to the standards we choose to apply. Such standards are flawed, of course, because they do not leave room for forgiveness and redemption. This is not the way we see in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus always looked for that glimmer of hope, that tiny seed of faith, that would provide a way into a renewed relationship with God. Let us pray that we might make the effort, to climb that tree, that brings us closer to Jesus and thus opens our hearts to those family members, friends and neighbours we are called to love unconditionally … just as Jesus does.


In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Let us praise Christ our King, by whose cross we have citizenship in  heaven, saying: all your saints praise you.

Lord, you built your Church on the foundation of the apostles:
all your saints praise you.

You witness to your truth in the lives of your saints:
all your saints praise you.

You made us to be a kingdom and priests serving our God:
all your saints praise you.

You have shared our burdens,
revealing the holiness of our life and work:
all your saints praise you.

You stir us to seek the mysteries of the kingdom:
all your saints praise you.

You lead us to the eternal assembly of the saints:
all your saints praise you.

God of holiness,
your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example
with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Christ our King make us faithful and strong to do his will,
that we may reign with him in glory;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.