I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.
May God never allow you to stumble!
Let your guard not sleep.
Behold, neither sleeping nor slumbering,
The Lord is your guard and your shade;
and stands at your right.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.
The Lord will guard you from evil,
and will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
God, Creator and Savior, source of peace for the entire world: be our life today.
O Christ, you call us to share with others: unite us in your love.
O Christ, our Shepherd, you come to seek those who are lost, you visit the lonely and the abandoned: give them new hope.
Comforting Spirit, you place in us hope and joy: fill us with your love.
Comforting Spirit, you awaken in us a love that forgives: come to us, Holy Spirit.
Lord Christ, enable us to turn to you at every moment. So often we forget that your Holy Spirit dwells in us, that you pray in us, that you love in us. Your miracle in us is your trust, and your constant forgiveness.
You have blessed us, Risen Jesus; we want to root our lives in your trust, to such an extent that the wellsprings of jubilation never run dry.