As we enter Lent …
“Rest in my love, trust me again”
My reflection this week begins with a well-known Gospel story, the story of Zacchaeus, found in Luke’s Gospel. Entwined in this story I offer the words of the beautiful hymn, Come As You Are, which was composed by Sr Deirdre Browne IBVM.
This is a story about a man whose heart was changed and renewed, a man who was called by Jesus and loved by Jesus, even though he was a sinner. And he became a better person than he had been.
Come as you are, that’s how I want you,
Come as you are, feel quite at home,
Close to my heart, loved and forgiven,
Come as you are, why stand alone.
Jesus entered the town of Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there whose name was Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was very 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 Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place where Zacchaeus was, he looked up and said to him: ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today’.
No need to fear, love sets no limits,
No need to fear, love never ends,
Don’t run away, shamed and disheartened,
Rest in my love, trust me again.
So Zacchaeus hurried down and was happy to welcome Jesus into his house. But everyone who saw this began to grumble and said: ‘He has gone to be the guest of someone who is a sinner’. But 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, for I have come to seek out and save the lost’.
I came to call sinners, not just the virtuous,
I came to bring peace, not to condemn,
Each time you fail to live by my promise,
Why do you think I’d love you the less.
Come as you are, that’s how I love you,
Come as you are, trust me again,
Nothing can change the love that I bear you,
All will be well, just come as you are.
Ms Kerry McCullough
Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator