Two readings converged on me this morning. The first was from Luke 18:31-19:10, because I will preach on the story of Zacchaeus this week. The second is from John 1:1-5 and Richard Rohr’s meditation in which Rohr provides an alternate translation.
The first reading tells about when Jesus enters the city of Jericho. This is his last stop before he arrives at Jerusalem to begin “The Passion Week.” He has just told the disciples what will happen to him there, but they are still blind and don’t get it. He heals a blind man, who actually “sees” Jesus for who he is. Then, Jesus goes to the chief tax collector and says, “I’m having dinner at your house.”
Jesus is constantly full of surprises. He hangs out with the wrong people, he says the wrong things, and he declares that those who no one would ever consider part of the family are actually sons and daughters of Abraham. Jesus declares, in Luke 19:9, to Zacchaeus that “today salvation has come to this house.” I will write more about that later.
The second reading is Richard Rohr’s ongoing discussion of the Trinity. Today he says that, “God as Trinitarisn Flow is the blueprint and pattern for all relationships and all of creation.” And, more specifically, Jesus, as the second person of the Trinity, is that blueprint made flesh. he says,
Try to think of this highly theological notion of “the Word” (Logos) as a Blueprint, maybe even the blueprint, because Christians believe that the inner reality of God became manifest in the outer world first in creation and later personally in Jesus. Here’s how I paraphrase the prologue to John’s Gospel (1:1-5), although I think it is actually the original meaning:
In the beginning was the Blueprint. The Blueprint was with God. The Blueprint was God. And all things came to be through this inner plan. No one thing came to be except through this universal plan. All that came to be thus had life in him.
This reminded me of the presentation that Brian McLaren gave at our Synod Assembly a couple years ago. He said that the Logos was like the operating system of the universe. Here’s my illustration of that speech.
This is what the whole story of Luke is about. The blueprint of all creation is the pattern of Jesus’ life. He turns the world’s value systems upside down. He loves the unlovely, he humbles the arrogant and exalts the humiliated. He lays down his own life for the sake of the world.
May our lives follow this blueprint today.