Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Readings for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 19:1-10; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Isaiah 43:1-3a, 10-11

The concept of private ownership holds a near sacred status in this country. Part of that proverbial “American dream” people often talk about is working hard so you can have that piece of land, or that house, or that car that is…all yours – bought and paid for.

The Bible, too, talks a lot about ownership – but with a key difference. GOD is the owner of all things, and we are His possession. I belong to Him. I, along with all that I have. This truth was life changing for Zacchaeus, who had spent much of his life putting himself first and others last…until he met his Master (Luke 19). St. Paul reminds us that the death and resurrection of our Master changes who we are living for – no longer ourselves, but others first (2 Cor 5). And through Isaiah, God says that it is WE who are bought and paid for. Paid for by the mercy and sacrifice of our Mighty Redeemer.