Homily for the
31 st Sunday in Ordinary Time C ZACCHAEUS’ CONVERSION. LET US “CLIMB OUR SYCAMORE TREE” TO HAVE A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS.
- • Not only that: God looks after his lost children. Remember how he looked for and called Adam and Eve after their first fall? Remember how he sent one prophet after another for several centuries in order to remind all men through Israel to mend their ways after their frequent infidelities?
- • Until finally, God sent us His Only Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, so as to redeem and save the entire humanity, giving up His Life on the Cross through an ignominious death! God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. All these God did for He is Love and Mercy.
- We, too, like Zacchaeus, must put all the means in order to have a personal encounter with Christ. We have to “climb the sycamore tree” as well. In our personal prayer, we have to discern what it means for us to do the same so that Jesus could tell us, “come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house”.
- • We must climb the tree of humility, acknowledging our sins, asking God’s pardon in the Sacrament of Confession for this is the starting point of every personal encounter with Jesus who is passing by, and the consequent conversion, restitution of the harm done and salvation.
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.”
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