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On Sunday, January 14th, we reach a turning point in our liturgical year.  Jesus' last words in today's Gospel announce a different climate from that to which the Nativity and the Theophany of the Lord have introduced us.  Going beyond the Gospel of the Incarnation, we enter into the Gospel of pardon and redemption.  Today the time of Christmas and Theophany comes to an end.  Now another liturgical season is fast approaching.

The Paschal Season of the Church is preceded by the season of Great Lent, which is itself preceded by its own liturgical preparation.  The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning with the Gospel reading about Zacchaeus the tax-collector.  It tells how Christ brought salvation to the sinful man and how his life was greatly changed because he "sought to see who Jesus was".  Thedesire and effort to see Jesus begins the entire movement through Lent through Pascha.


The following readings below are for Sunday, January 14, 2018:

Today's Epistle reading [1 Timothy 4.9-15]:

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance.  For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

Command and teach these things.  Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching.  Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you.  Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

The Gospel reading for today [Luke 19.1-10]:

He entered Jericho and was passing through.  And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich.  And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today."  So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully.  And when they saw it they all murmured.  "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold."  And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."