Zacchaeus: Discipleship as Reparation

by Ched Myers
(BCM ENews, October, 2022)

Luke’s middle part (roughly chapters 9-19) is called by scholars the “Special Section” because it mostly consists of uniquely Lukan material. The backbone of this sequence’s architecture is a remarkable series of stories about rich men.  They articulate a searing critique of “Affluenza,” but culminate in the surprising tale of Zaccheaus—a rich man who is healed through the practice of reparation. This gospel text for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost is proximate this year to All Hallow’s Eve—appropriately scary for those of us who live with class and economic privileges. Continue reading “Zacchaeus: Discipleship as Reparation”

Nature Against Empire: Exodus Plagues, Climate Crisis and Hard Heartedness

Direction V49 no.1 (2020)

The realities of climate chaos hit me personally and hard in December 2017 with the Thomas Fire. California’s largest wildfire to that date, scorching 80 percent of our Ventura River watershed, it was an apocalyptic unveiling, the kind shared by survivors of hurricanes the same year in Houston (Harvey) and Puerto Rico (Maria).

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