Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sunday, November 4 ~ Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

sorry this didn't get posted in time...

Luke 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchae'us; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchae'us, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchae'us stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."

Personal Reflection

How amazing was Zacchaeus' faith! He longed so much to see Jesus without even knowing who He truly was! A sinner was forgiven, because he went the extra mile to find the Lord. Do I put myself out there in potentially embarrassing situations to declare my faith? Do I take risks to find the Lord in new places? Do I even bother to look for Him when I know it will be difficult to see him (in another person, in a struggle, etc...)? Do I know that Christ can save me regardless of my sins?

Zacchaeus had an immediate conversion. By having the Lord in his home for one meal, he changed his life and made reparation for all of his sins. How frequently do I have a conversion of heart? Am I in need of one today? If I had Jesus in my home tonight, what would I cook? (just kidding!) What would I do differently tomorrow? How would my life HAVE to change?

"The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Who do I know who is lost? Have I surrendered them to God? Do I pray continually for their conversion and put their faith journey in God's hands? It only takes one moment for a life to change; how fervently do I pray for those moments in the lives of those I love?

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