Posted by: livingscripture | November 20, 2012

Thirty-third Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

(Luke 19: 1-10)                                                                                                                        

How should we live this Word 

This sentence sums up the entire motive of the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Incarnation, Passion, Death, and Resurrection.  He came to seek what was lost.  In one way or another, we are all lost, lost to our passions, our weaknesses, our pride, our fragility.  At times, we are moderately lost and at others, we are dangerously close to being lost forever, to go beyond the grasp of God through our stubborn unwillingness to be found by Him.

But once we let ourselves be sought like Zacchaeus, then we are apt to do anything to be found by Jesus.  We can leave our usual haunts, our work, and our friends.  We can change our whole life and compromise our reputation by ‘climbing a tree’ as Zacchaeus did to catch a glimpse of Our Lord. And once our gaze meets His, everything changes.  We can never be the same again.  Jesus will bid us ‘to come down quickly…for I must stay at your house today’.  When Jesus comes to the house of our heart, then salvation has entered in and we are filled with a joy no one can take away.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my willingness to let Jesus come to my house, to change my attitudes and behaviors, those that block my love for Him and for my sisters and brothers.  Am I willing and ready for Him to come to abide in me?

Lord Jesus, ready my heart to receive You.  Help me to desire You, Your presence within me, to be clothed with You! 

The voice of Heather King, Convert and Author 

I boast of my weakness, because I can hardly believe – clueless and fallen as I basically still am – that I am in even marginally good enough shape to help someone else, to be kind to someone else.

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