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<< Tuesday, November 19, 1996 >>
 
Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22
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Psalm 15 Luke 19:1-10
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MAKE LIKE A TREE

 
"He was trying to see what Jesus was like, but being small of stature, was unable to do so because of the crowd." —Luke 19:3
 

Zacchaeus was small of stature. There are many people of all sizes who are small-hearted, petty, little people. They have trouble seeing Jesus, for they have trouble seeing beyond themselves.

Zacchaeus was unable to see Jesus because of the crowd (Lk 19:3). Greed, pride, hypocrisy, and lukewarmness (Rv 3:16) can crowd us out of seeing Jesus.

Zacchaeus overcame his smallness and the crowd by climbing a tree (Lk 19:4). Be like a tree upon which people can climb to rise above their smallness and the obstructions of the crowd.

The Lord says we become "like a tree" when we delight "in the law of the Lord" and meditate "on His law day and night" (Ps 1:2, 3). The person who loves and lives God's word is like a tree — the tree of life (see Gn 2:9), the tree that Jesus died on (Acts 13:29).

The poet Joyce Kilmer wrote: "Only God can make a tree." Only God can make us like trees which can give the Zacchaeuses of the world the opportunity to see the Savior. Make like a tree.

 
Prayer: Father, may I never be part of the lukewarm crowd (see Rv 3:16) obstructing others from seeing Jesus.
Promise: "Today salvation has come to this house." —Lk 19:9
"The Son of Man has come to search out and save what was lost." —Lk 19:10
Praise: Margaret took a job with a non-Christian employer and led many co-workers to Jesus.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 2, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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