It is a terrible feeling to be lost in a crowd. In the Gospel, a man named Zacchaeus was lost in a crowd, unable to see Jesus because he was so short (Luke 19:1-10).
Zacchaeus was not only lost in the crowd that day. He was lost in general. He was lost in his sins. Like other tax collectors of his day, he was most likely overcharging people and keeping the surplus for himself. He was also lost in confusion, fear and a life devoid of meaning. That day, he decided he was finished being lost. At the risk of great embarrassment, this grown man decided to climb a tree so that he could see Jesus. He risked everything so he could do the most important thing he would ever do in his life. He allowed himself to be found by Jesus. Once found, his life was changed. He promised to go back into the world caring for the poor and paying back anyone he may have cheated.
Zacchaeus’ new life started when he climbed that tree and was found by Jesus. Our stewardship renewal has reminded us that stewardship is all about growing in a new way of life. Rooted in gratitude, this way of life calls us to joyfully share our blessings and reach out in love and service to others. We do that through the life and ministry of our parish. Every Sunday we stand up to the harshness of the world by gathering in our beautiful new cathedral to celebrate Mass. Strengthened by the Lord’s presence in the Scriptures and Eucharist, moved by the Liturgy’s beauty and reassured by each other’s prayers, we are sent back into the world with new hope. From birth to death, we are educated and formed in the ways of our Catholic faith. Here, adults are initiated into the Church, our children are baptized, receive First Communion and are confirmed in the Holy Spirit. Couples are joined in Holy Matrimony, our sins are forgiven, the infirm are strengthened and our beloved deceased are given their final farewell as they enter eternal life. Those in need get relief through our community outreach. All of us are stronger because we are part of a visible community of faith.
Your financial support of the parish helps all of this and more to happen. Know that whatever portion of your financial resources you pledge to share during this coming year is very much appreciated. The world will continue to be made new because we journey together as the people of Christ Cathedral Parish.
Together in faith,
The Very Rev. Christopher Smith, rector