Posted by: livingscripture | November 17, 2015

33rd Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.  Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was.”     

(Luke: 19: 1-3)

How should we live this WordZaccheus

 Jesus had met the blind man as he neared Jericho. Today, he meets Zacchaeus in Jericho.  Jericho is the entry door into the Promised Land; it is the city that the people of Israel meet at the end of a long exodus from slavery to freedom.  In these two episodes of the Gospel, in these two encounters of Jesus, Jericho is the place of “darkness vanquished” for the blind man; it is the place of the desire to see for Zacchaeus.  The desire to see on the part of Zacchaeus is further transformed with his gesture of welcome – “Today I must stay at your house”.  Salvation has been found once again!

Jericho is in the depression of the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest city.  This city has seen Jesus in the most decisive moments of His life; moments that had determined the definitive direction of His mission.  On the one side there is prayer, fasting, and the temptations during the 40 days in the desert.  On the other side, there is the Baptism and the experience of the Holy Spirit.  These two events definitively configure the ‘newness” of Jesus and both happen in this place of ‘abasement’ where even the rocks cry it out!  This is Jesus’ style!  Prayer, combat against evil, recognition of being the Son, and humble Mercy!

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will gaze upon Jesus in these episodes of His life and seek to assimilate the Message Jesus has for me in them.

Jesus, all is Your gift and nothing happens by chance!  Everything has something to tell me in order for me to come closer to You; my home, my workplace, the people I meet and live with and with whom I share affection and life.  You are the Creator and all that is around me has in it Your written Word, Your Message.  Help me to recognize it in the reality around me and to recognize You as Educator and Father! 

 The Voice of Jean Vanier, Witness

 Perhaps that which we find hardest to understand is also the strongest and needs the weakest.  I want to speak of this, of the fact that we need the little one; we need the most vulnerable one.  Perhaps, we need the poor to discover our poverty.  We need them so as to avoid living as the elite, as people who believe better than others.

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