Unfairness Can Be Taxing
For the final Chapel of term, we reflected once more on our Annesley value of justice. The biblical story of Zacchaeus was presented, and it created a wonderful opportunity to consider what fairness and justice looks like in our relationships with each other.
Zac the Taxman, written and illustrated by local author Andrew McDonough, tells the story of a short-statured tax collector called Zacchaeus who lived many years ago in the town of Jericho. Zac was treated unfairly by others when he was a boy, and as he grew up he also treated others unfairly. Even though Zac received lots of money, he was sad and lonely because he didn’t have any friends.
When Jesus came to Jericho, he found Zac stuck up in a tree trying to see through the tangle of branches and leaves. Jesus called Zac down, and helped him change the way he saw and related to other people.
Jesus knows the places and attitudes we can get stuck in also. He calls us to be free of the things which entangle us, and to see ourselves on the same level with everyone else around us.
We encourage our students to treat others in the same way they would like to be treated. This means that when something doesn’t seem fair or right for another person, we can be part of the process to show justice and fairness.
If others are unfairly treated, I help them not to be defeated.