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Zacchaeus' good fortune and ours

"One week before the Triodion enters into use, there is a Sunday Gospel reading which looks forward directly to the coming fast...describing how Zacchaeus climbed a tree beside the road where Christ was to pass. In this reading we see Zacchaeus' sense of eager expectation, the intensity of his desire to see our Lord, and we apply this to ourselves.

If, as we prepare for Lent, there is a real eagerness in our hearts, if we have an intense desire for a clearer vision of Christ, then our hopes will be fulfilled during the fast; indeed, we shall, like Zacchaeus, receive far more than we expect". --Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia

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