A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians.
The name of Christ will be glorified in you and you in him.
We pray continually that our God will make you worthy of his call, and by his
power fulfil all your desires for goodness and complete all that you have been
doing through faith; because in this way the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will
be glorified in you and you in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus
To turn now, brothers, to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we shall
all be gathered round him: please do not get excited too soon or alarmed by any
prediction or mmour or any letter claiming to come from us, implying that the
Day of the Lord has already arrived.
This is the word of the Lord.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.
Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name
was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and
a wealthy man. He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was, but he was
too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he ran ahead and climbed a
sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus
reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him: ‘Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry,
because I must stay at your house today: And he hurried down and welcomed
him joyfully. They all complained when they saw what was happening. ‘He has
gone to stay at a sinner’s house’ they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and
said to the Lord, ‘Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and
if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount.’ And Jesus
said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a
son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek out and save what is lost