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Jericho – My Kind Of Town


Niels Larsen Stevns: Zakæ (Christ And Zacchaeus) Randers Museum of Art, Randers, Denmark Photo by Gunnar Bach Pedersen via wiki commons

Niels Larsen Stevns: Zakæ (Christ And Zacchaeus)
Randers Museum of Art, Randers, Denmark Photo by Gunnar Bach Pedersen via wiki commons

I love the town of Jericho, on the West Bank of Israel, about 25 miles from Jerusalem. People have lived there continuously for 4,000 years.  I love Jericho because of the story of Zacchaeus, the much despised tax collector of Jericho.  This story screams out to me that I, like him, can get taken up with the friendship of Jesus of Nazareth.

 In St. Luke’s Gospel, the story goes that Zacchaeus, unhappy with his life, climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus passing through the town.  For showing his interest, Jesus rewarded Zacchaeus by having dinner with him that night.  This meeting with Christ turned Zacchaeus’s life upside down and brought new happiness to him.

That’s why I treasure Jericho! I have been there many times.  The story tells me that I too, can have a conversion of heart and find myself closely attached to the Gentle Christ.  Starting today, I will try to climb to some vantage point to have a closer view of the Young Rabbi.  How will I do this?  Just ordinary means will suffice, like reading the Gospel stories, through prayer, by crying out each morning my desire to see the beauty of His Life, by refusing to live a dull life.

I remember driving home from Midway Airport many years ago and as I tuned in my radio, I heard the closing services of the Promise Keepers from Dallas, Texas. Started in the early 1990’s 60,000 men had gathered together for three days of renewal.  What enthusiasm these men showed as they sang songs of praise to the Lord.  They didn’t want to leave the Stadium and go home because of the wonderful feelings of hope for the future they were experiencing.

Over the years, I have taken much interest in the Promise Keepers, a group that cuts across all religious, racial, and political lines and brings men together for the purpose of keeping alive seven key promises in their lives. At these meetings, dynamic speakers who have touched my soul in the past, stir up in the hearts of these men the desire to be all that they can be for God and family!  Hundreds of thousands of men coming together to pray!

I present the reader with two of the Promises . . . “A Promise Keeper is committed to honor Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience to his Word in the power of the Holy Spirit.” . . . “A Promise Keeper is committed to build strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.” This is not a new religion or political party.  Bill McCartney, a devout Catholic, founded this group to bring men of all faiths together for the purpose of making them spiritually stronger.  Don’t we all, at times, have a sense of emptiness, a lack of fulfillment in our spirits?  Why can’t I be enthusiastic about Christ like the Promise Keepers?  Enthusiasm – so much good can from this positive feeling!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

May 22, 2016 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. From Bud: lord make me a Promise Keeper today.

    Comment by Ed Weston | May 22, 2016 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Fr. George!

    I love your stories with the strong visuals that they bring. I can picture you driving away from Midway Airport! And, your message is always one that is not LOFTY or something that we cannot attain! It is always the simple things that we can do each and every day. In this world of smart phones, video games, computers, and endless ‘streaming’ of TV and movies, sometimes the most simple thing of just speaking a few words in the morning to commit to loving Jesus and others more, can be profound! Thank you for another reminder of how easy it is to live our faith.

    Love,
    Nancy

    Comment by nancywest22 | July 10, 2016 | Reply


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