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From Father Richard's Desk

My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Zaccheus was an avaricious little tax man, who felt for all his wealth, there was something missing in his life. Could this Jesus of Nazareth be an answer to his emptiness? Zaccheus went to great lengths to see this ‘Jesus’ person and climbed a sycamore tree to get a better view…..(he was small).

The lovely thing was that Jesus noticed him and invited himself to be his guest. The change that this simple experience effected in Zaccheus was fantastic. He offered to give half his money to the poor and restore that which had been ill gotten gain. What a change!

When God becomes our life, we cling less tightly to the goods of this world. The focal point of our security changes from ‘thing’ (money) to person (God) and we begin to live in a different world. We change from user or abuser to nurturer and carer. We pass from a world of ‘it’ to a world of ‘persons’ (with apologies to Martin Buber).

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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