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There Are No Humpty Dumpties - Sunday of Zacchaeus 2021

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Now available at Patristic, necter,Dodorg, patristic nectar pellications ispleased to present a new five lecture series entitled Contemporary Women.Saints Saint John of Synite in his ladder ofdivine assent, rites that the lives of the saints arouse us to emulation oftheir courage and lead us to the virtue of humility and compunction. Contemporary Saints are particularlyimportant since they acquired their love for God and holiness in the midstof our current Mell Yeu, and demonstrate that spiritual acquisitionis possible even in our own troubled times. The five lectures are as follows: Lecture Number One: The life of SaintZenia of Saint Petersburg; lecture number: Two: The life of SaintElizabeth, the new martyr lecture number; three, the life of Saint Mariaof Paris; Lecture Number; Four: The life of Saint Matrona of Moscow; Lecture Number; Five; the lives ofmother, Maria of Oinette, Scemenan Macaria, the beloved, suffer andMatushka Olga of Alaska. For these and other available titles.Queese visit our website at Patristic, nectur, God or, and now the arena with Father JessiahTrena in the name of the father, end of theson and of the Holy Spirit, greetings and much love to all of theperishoners who are outside. Again, God bless your patience. God bless your love and forbearance,and God bless your health. It's been chily and made the time come soon, when the only reason someone hase to beoutside is because there's not a square inch left in the Church we had seven hundred in here for theconsecration. You know that we're on a short hyatus from finishing the ICONOGRAPHY and theChurch temple were so close. We didn't need o just be moreinstallation. We've done eight. You know it was a ten yeare project, we'vetaken a short hiatus to turn our attention to a ministry that the Lordhas been pressing on us and we felt he was saying get to it now. But I can't wait once we have completedthe Sant Andra Academy and we've done the Great Hall and we renovated theFellowship Hall, we're going to complete the baptiscalchapel with beautiful lieanography and...

...hang two beautiful bass bells get Wai for those bells massive bells: They coust thirtythousand dollars. Eachthey weigh three thousand pounds abut the weight of a car, will winch them up,tie them on to the posts which are already there waiting for them, where the other fiveRussian belszare and then we'll seal off that thirdstory, because if we don't, when we ring those bells, your soul will leapout of your body. Those bells will be extremely important,for instance, in holy week to hear a funeral poll on greate Fridayfrom one of those bells. They'll be used, of course, for our ownfunerals, and we could also use it to day if we had one, because today is ZackasSunday, this poor man a completely ruined man, an inheriter of the promises of Israelwho turned this back on everything, good everything, goudly and totallygave himself to his own passions. His own avarice, his own greed, collaborating with the God awful Romans This Day, Zecaus Sunday. Is it tolling of the Letertical Bell, because you, you know, maybe some of the young ones, some ofour green prishioners? Don't that Zaccaus is a marker in te theThurtucal year, Zecchaus is telling US soon. The most sacred portion of the yearwill be here soon. The days of repentance and salvation will be heresoon. The great lent will be upon us. This is the letrurgical message ofZacaus. Zachas is followed by the Publican and the Pharisee, which isfollowed by the Prodigal son, which is followed by the great judgment Sunday,which is followed by forgiveness, Sunday and the lunch into great lent. So if we had that great bell, I'd right now give the look to the bellringer. You know we have quite a complicated system here, because thebells are three stories up, so we bless God in this one occasion for facetime,because the bill ringers keep their little facetime phone and there's onethat's being held by the subdeacons so that they know exactly when Toring thebells based upon the letruthical movements that are going on inside thealtar. I would look at him right now and tellhim give us one toll...

...just to remind us where we are get ready have a heart of anticipation. I can'twait because I want to heal all my wounded memories of last lengt. I want a good lent together so that wenever have to remember this horrible horrible, perhaps unheard of covid lent that we had this last year and if, if God wills, ifGod wills- and I certainly hope he does- please Lord we'll- have an undisturbed lent and wecan give ourselves to the services together and to repentance. Let'sHopehm. Let's hope I have a few words to say aboutZecchaus, and I want to start with one of myfavorite nursery rhymes Humpty dumpty, hunpty, dumty sat on a wall. Humty Dunty had a great fall, all theking's horses and all the king's men could never put Hunty dumty togetheragain Humpty dumpty. I tried to figure out exactly wherehumty dumpty came from. No one really knows we do know that it was published firstin a nursery rhyme type book by Samuel Arnold in Seventeen. Ninety seven, we do know that, but we're not exactlysure what its precedent was where he got it. Some people think it's a riddle that an early seventeent century riddle,and so the person would have said, tell me what this is. Who is or what is Humpthy Dumpty, andthen you say the riddle. Some people think it actually hashistorical references to the murder of King Richard. The third. The Wall evidently was his horse and hewas humpy dumpy and he fell off his horse and got slatgtered by the enemyes.I don't know I don't know, but I do know this. I doknow this today: Humpty dumpt is presented, ofcourse, as an egg and not as a Riddl, just as a story in our nursery rhymeshe's an egg that fell and he broke into so many pieces that it was simplyimpossible for the king's horses and the kingsmen or anybody to put thimback together again. I want you to know something as a witness of this gospeltext. None of you on principle. There are no humty Dumtis. No one is so screwed up, no one is so broken, and certainly wecan relate to hunpty dunty. We've all had a great fall and, if we're honest, we know that theconsequence of that great faull is that...

...we are in pieces. Some of us are on the process ofholeness further than others, but no one here without wounds, no one here without a history ofpatching, but the witness of this gospel is a man,so ruined so totally destroyed, as Zacaus was not beyond fixing, he was not beyond saving and no one is. We have to remember this brothers andsisters. We have to keep this in the depths ofour heart. We can't have Jesusis view of the world aChristian mind unless we believe this no one is beyond redemption. There areno Humpty dumties Zacchaus was a man who was in Israelite.He was the Jew waiting for the Messiah at the time of price. It should havebeen the happiest time from the from his youth to be that generation thatwas going to see the promises of the prophets come to fulfilment. The LongFormissia appear the tyranny of the Romans and even more the tyranny of thedevil overthrown by the Messiah. He should have been right there ready,but no. Instead, he turned his back on his people for his own personal game.He collaborated with a godless pagan power to suppress his own people, hisown relatives, his own family members, so that he could get rich. He swore anoath, a pagan oath to the emperor and to his genus in order to become a taxcollector, and it wasn't just the tax collector. He was the chief telones, the number one, the richest most abusive criminal text, collector rich on the backs ofhis people. This is him. This is him. If there wasanyone who was past redemption, we would think it's aid, this man Zecchaus, but not only was he not pastredemption. He becomes the paradigmatic convert. This man, not only keetad Jesus is wordhe heard Jesus was coming. I don't know who he heard it from, but I waswondering: Maybe it got through his circles just thinkhe wasn't. The first tax callector Jesus saved. Think of the Apostle Matthew, one ofthe twelve Jesus went right into his tax fllecting house and said you followme and he was completely taken aback...

...and then the next scene, Jesus is athis house with all his other text collect their friends, Itsain Matthew,not it's an incredible text. Next thing you know he's an apostle. Ijust wonder I don't know if they had like the taxcollectors union. I don't know exactly how that works,but my guess is that he heard the some of his other textcollectors at changed. When someone like you changes whensomeone in your own world changes, maybe not from complete darkness tolight, that's a big, huge change. Of course. Maybe it's just changed from a sin tosomething it sparks beautiful things it stirs up Tolk, it stirs a hope. If Fred can do it- and I know Fred-maybe I can do it. This is the thought this man went from being a sinner to a seeker to a sorrower to one who was saved to a servant, not that Hu, those five vesses. That's what happened to Zecaus. That'swhat happened to him and you know that he ended up becoming a bishop of theChurch and it becoming a servant of Christ, a Marter in Rome under Nero. Yes, there are no Humpty dumpties in thechurch, brothers and sisters, and today is the great encouragement. This is thetime to repent. We can become like him and he became a child Jesus. Had Wejust talked last week about how Jesus said unless you become like children,you'll never enter the Kingdom of God and what do children love to do climbtrees, which, as exactly what Zat case, didmuch to no doubt the Chagrin of all the upstanding people in the area he climbed a tree? He became a child inhis desire to see Jesus and Bam. No, I want to say one thing about theLord here before it close Zat Chaus is a great encouragement to all of us.All of us have broken ones that we can be put back together by Christ. That repentance is powerful and what amessage that is on the edge of Lent Huh. Something can happen good for us if wetake lenen seriously, but I also want you to see howmarvellous, how marvellous the Lord Jesus is in this text. The Lord was, with the crowd constantlyhassled by crowds constantly filefollowed by crowds overwhelmed. Youknow, I'm just a little priest and my crowdsare little, but I can get nomb very...

...quickly. The number of hands that touchyou at the same time from differentdirections from little ones- big ones, old ones, young ones, the number ofrequest it can make. You feel numb and I'm just a little priest withlittle crowds, the Lord, how he was able to keep his composure, surroundedby so many people, all the time seeking things from him all the time and yetcould look at Zaccaaz, whom he's never met in a tree and call him by name Zachas and I loved what he said. It's a greatmessage for all of our spiritual lives. Doy'u'all know what he said. First Word Hurry curre. Why hurt me? I have no idea. Why d need you say comedown nice to see. Is that Guass a'm coming to your house no hurry, and thenthe next text says Zack. Kais curried down salvation is not to be played withits time to get on with it. It's a beautiful message. He spoke his name.He knew him. Jack caps must have just been like a flower coming into the sunthat just started bumbling and growing and Blossomyg, and he did because he as soon as Jesuscame into his house, he said Lord fifty percent of everything I had, andthat was something can you imagine if Jess bezels has aconversion moment what could happen to people who arepoor if he has a conversint moment and says half of what I have I give to thepoor and anything I stole, which is a lot, which is a lot. I give back forfold just flowred his life just flower. Hiswhole priorities changed in the presence of Jesus. I want you to seethis, and then he went right into the man'shouse and that crowd, which had just beenfollowing him, started murmuring, oh, the fickle ones who wanted what theywant, but when they got something else when they saw something else that theydidn't like Jesus hanging out with that man, all the criticisms, all thecondemnation of cry, how dare he go into the house to eat with a sinner?Now, let me let me help you be a little bit sympathetic with those people. We rejoice in what he did, but it was a scandal. The Lord wasabsolutely scandalous. Think of the first song, which is allabout him by the way the blessed man Blessit, is the man who does not walk in the council ofSinners nor stand in the path of theunrighteous...

...nor sit in the seat of the scoffer, but Hif delight is in the law, the Lordand on his law he meditates day and night. What's the very definition ofthe righteous man, the very definition of the Godly man is that he neitherwalks stands norh sits with cinters, that'swhat he does. So what is Jesus doing if Jesusbreaking his own law is Jesus violating his own standard? This is what thepeople thought: Hey Jesus. Why are you actually sitting with a wicked man?That is exactly what the SOM says: You're not supposed to be doing. How doyou put these two things together? It's a good question. Jesus answers it for us at the end ofthis account, he says, for the son of man has come to seek and to save the lost. His whole reason for coming brothersand sisters is to enter into the lives of sinners to start walking next to cinners, tosit down with sinners to enter into the homes of sinners tand even to eat withthem. Why, in order to save them- and this is the difference- it's onething to walk in the Council of the CINTER in order to perhaps take somecounsel from him bad idea. It's something else to stand and have a conversation with the center as sinnerspack, it's something worse to sit down with them and to get into league withthem and start doing what sinners do. That is not why Jesus came, and that iswell not what he was doing. Is that what he did with Matthew? It's not whathe did with that case and he's not what he did with us and it's not what we doeither. We pursuit everyone and we yes talk to people and investourselves. Ind people who are outside the church, who are away from God evenwho are Godless, Democrats or godlessRepublicans or whatever you think, is the definition of like evil. Okay, we we talk to them. We seek them, because this is our very mission. Itdoesn't need explanation, it's twohsand years old. That's why the church exist.We are those people converted. This is us, broken people who prove that there areno humpy dumpties. This is how the Church interracts. For this reason, there are some who shouldn't do too much of that,...

...because they can't yet go out andinteract in those places without being compromised and being weak. Theyshould get stronger. They should get stronger for the sake of your neighborso that you can interact with someone. You can have a conversation with a COworker that you know is a dishonest person that you know it's cheating onhis wife. You can still sit with them and interact heart to heart, notbecause you're at all interested in collaborating in that kind of stuff,but because you love this person, you want to help this person and you're ina position to do it because you're stock permanently in a sycamore tree,so that you can see Jesus. That's where you want to end upbrothers and sisters. We all should end. I want to end this by saying we shouldall be permanently in the sycamore tree. You know thatSycamore Tree don't get the wrong idea for those of you who have been to myhouse. The best part of my house are my sycamore trees. Ther are humungous things a matter offact. I just had people in them, like ZAC CAS last week, trimming thembecause just before the rains, because they were about to fall on, my house,take huge branches, and I saw those guys out there hundred feet up cuttingthings down the sycamore tree. We're talking about in Jerico was a sycamorefig, and it's still there by the way you can go to Jericho. They have it allwalled off. Zat CAS is tree, there's a place ofsacred pilgrimage, but he did what he had to do in orderto have a clear line of sight to Jesus in the midst of a crowd, and that isexactly what we should do. If we're going to be like this, if we're goingto be like the Lord, if we're going to be like Zatks and be done with thatwhich plet displease is God we have to have pricte in our life and we got totake whatever position we can so that we can see him. This made me an embarrassing yourselflike he embarrassed himself. It certainly means to act like a child andto put the matters that the world doesn't considerimportant to be important, so that you can see him. This means keeping yourprayers. It means fathly coming to church. It means trying to see his facein other people and not looking at people what they can give you, but howthey reflect him. These are ways that you can stay in your Sycomotry and allwo scene Christ. What an incredible glorious account we have to de beencouraged brothers and sisters be encouraged. There is no one still messed up that they can't be healed by ChristUmman. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar,Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the...

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