31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 1, 2010


How many of you would say that you are happy to be a Christian?  Happy to know Christ?  How many of you would say that your lives are quite different because you know Christ than they would have been otherwise?

Prove it.

Lets summarize this Gospel:  Jesus is walking through Jericho – a very sinful place in which lived Zacchaeus, a very, very sinful man.  Now, Zacchaeus, we are told, was a chief tax collector and quite wealthy.  Today, he would be equivalent to something of one of the major drug lords – the kind of guy that preys on the weak and profits from it.

But when he heard that Jesus was coming, he climbed a tree (and he probably wasn’t wearing the kind of cloths or of the stature to be doing such a thing) to see Jesus.  And Jesus responds with desire to stay in his house – that is to say Jesus wants to know him more.

And in response to this Jesus invitation, Zacchaeus says that he will give half of his possessions away and will repay anyone he has extorted four times over!  And to all I this I wonder – what have you done lately?

If we profess that Jesus is the savior of our lives – if we profess that Jesus has changed our lives, then I want proof – the world wants proof.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Wisdom 11.22-12.2; 2 Thessalonians 1.11-2.2; Luke 19:1-10)


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