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Recalling our Desire for God, let us remember the lengths Zacchaeus took to see Jesus, at The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church this Sunday.
Divine Liturgy — 10:00am
Join us in celebrating the Divine Liturgy on this fifth Sunday before Lent.
At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see Who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for He was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”
So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”
— Luke 19:1–10
About Zacchaeus Sunday
This is the fifth Sunday before the beginning of Great Lent. On this day we learn about “Desire for God” through hearing the story of one who was willing to sacrifice his pride, status and wealth in order to be near Jesus.
This event tells how Christ brought salvation to a sinful man, and how his life was changed simply because he “sought to see who Jesus was” (Luke 19:3). The desire and effort to see Jesus begins the entire movement through Lent towards Pascha. It is the first movement of salvation.
Our lenten journey begins with a recognition of our own sinfulness, just as Zacchaeus recognised his. He promised to make restitution by giving half of his wealth to the poor, and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost.
The example of Zacchaeus teaches us that we should turn away from our sins, and atone for them. It also teaches that we can be assured of God’s mercy and compassion through Christ’s words, “Today salvation is come to this house” (Luke 19:9).
All services are in the English language and are held in the main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus.
Liturgy is served every Sunday morning, 10.00am
Confessions can be heard from 9.30 am for those who have to travel long distances for the Liturgy.
Parking in the University car parks is free on weekends (but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking– these restrictions apply and are enforced - even at the weekends). Permit zones do not apply at the weekends but apply until 7pm every weekday.