for Sunday, November 3, 2013
Wisdom tells us in the first reading: you love all things that are and
loathe nothing that you have made. This first reading is like a song to
the love that God has for all of His creation. As we respond to the
readings this Sunday, we must hear over and over in our hearts: You love
all things that are!
Far too often we create in our own minds a sense that God is simply there
in our lives to judge us. We can begin to live our lives in fear of this
judgment by God, rather that as a response to the love that God has for us.
We need to listen today to our hearts and to center them once more on the
love that God has for us and for all of His creation and for all peoples
and all persons.
The Second Letter to the Thessalonians tells us not to be shaken by rumors
that the end is coming soon. We need to know that the Day of the Lord is
always at hand - that means that no one knows when it will happen and that it
could happen any day. This is the same reality that each of us faces each
day: we might die today! Most of us don't get terribly disturbed by such
a message, even though we know that it is true. Instead, such a message is
supposed to invite us to be aware of the presence of the Lord in our life
and to respond to that presence.
The Gospel from Saint Luke today is a delight. We are told about Zacchaeus
that he was short of stature. This is a short man who wants to see the
Lord. He knows that he won't have a chance in the crowd and so goes ahead
of the crowd and climbs a tree. This is a man who has money and a good
home and a role in society. People must have laughed their heads off to
see such a prominent person climbing a tree! We should also laugh at this
story just as we also recognize that the deep desire of Zacchaeus is worthy
of our imitation.
Think of the wealthy men or women of our own time, who have a social
prominence, who are involved in high government positions. Can we imagine
any of them being willing to climb a tree because of wanting to see
What about us? Are we willing to climb trees and make fools of ourselves
in order to know the Lord?
The bystanders are amazed that Jesus wants to go to this man's house and
they grumble among themselves. This is so typical of us humans: that
person is no better than I am. Why would anyone want to go to his house?
In fact, that person is worse than I am and does bad things in society.
Why is this religious leader going there?
The good news of Jesus Christ is that God loves each one of us and is
willing to come to our house - if we invite Him. We need to get over
thinking about others and think about our own, personal relationship with
God. Do I invite Him? Do I really try to live His word? Do I have enough
interest in God to make a fool of myself for Him?
My sisters and brothers, let us invite the Lord today! Let us be willing
to make fools of ourselves because God loves us. Blessed be God!
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Wisdom 11.22 – 12.2
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1.11 – 2.2
Gospel: Luke 19.1-10
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