Congratulations SJS athletics on good fall seasons
Letters from a Pastor to His People- November 3, 2019
We have been reading for several weeks now the "travel narrative"—Jesus' journey towards Jerusalem after the conclusion of his Galilean ministry. This week we read about his stop in Jericho, a town about twenty miles outside Jerusalem.
Herod the Great had built up Jericho and Herod's son, Archelaus, erected a massive palace and was currently living in it. Jericho was, therefore, somewhat of an abject city. Proof of this is that the chief tax collector of the entire region, Zacchaeus, made his residence there. Zacchaeus was fairly immoral. Tax collectors were generally dishonest, and Zacchaeus even more so. Ironically, the name Zacchaeus meant "pure." I'm sure tax payers and even fellow tax collectors scoffed whenever they saw the short man and heard his name.