Luke 19:1-7 (NRSV)
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it.
2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector
and was rich.
3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of
the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him,
because he was going to pass that way.
5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to
him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your
6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.
7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has
gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’
James 1:17-18 (NRSV)
17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift,
is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom
there is no variation or shadow due to change.
18 In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by
the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits
of his creatures.