Last week, we encountered the Pharisee and the tax collector through a parable Jesus told to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
If you recall, that Pharisee was prideful, divisive and exaulted himself. The tax collector – a so-called sinner – on the other hand, humbled himself before the Lord. This very hopeful message is continued this week in our first reading.
From Wisdom we hear that the Lord has mercy on everyone and loathes nothing that has been made. If it exists, then it is of God. It is for this reason that Jesus calls out to Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree. And in return Zacchaeus promises to return to the Lord four times over.
CLICK HERE for the readings for 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Wisdom 11:22-12:3; Psalm 145; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10)