Posted by: livingscripture | October 31, 2010

Thirty First Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

When they saw all this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”  But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.”  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.  For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

           Luke 19: 7-10               

How should we live this Word

For you and for me, a consecrated person, this stupendous lesson of Jesus who enters into the house of Zacchaeus is precious!  Jesus reveals Himself an unthinkable kind of Rabbi (a Teacher of exemplary life) for all the finger pointers and right thinkers of the city.  He does not fit into their religious and social categories.  Some think that He is somewhat of a revolutionary.  If we are clear on the meaning of this term, I think that we can really consider Jesus as One who revolutionized for all times and all places our egocentric mentality.  He has overthrown our pretenses, including that of feeling ourselves ‘in place’ and therefore capable of judging others and of condemning them in our hard, uncircumcised hearts.

Jesus gave His life to counteract this way of thinking.  He did not say, ‘feel yourself righteous, act like a just one’, but rather, live the justice that is fundamental to love. In Him, Love was forgiveness and salvation.  In us, love is an invitation to tend toward understanding, compassion, and helpfulness, with a humble and empathetic heart.  We can sit with Jesus at Zacchaeus’ table if we put aside all ethnic intolerance, racism, division between believers and non-believers.  We too can convert our lives like Zacchaeus, make reparation for our dishonesty, giving all that is possible to help others in a practical and concrete way.  And we should do this with a sincere smile and with an understanding heart.                                                           

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this story and make the needed changes in my life. 

Lord, convert my heart to you.  Dilate my heart so that those who have less may sit beside me at the banquet of life.

The voice of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

If you judge others you have no time to love them.

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