Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man named Zaccheus lived there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see him because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus, who was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, come down quickly, for I must stay at your house today.” So Zaccheus climbed down and received him joyfully.
All the people who saw it began to grumble, and said, “He has gone as a guest to the house of a sinner.” But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, “Half of what I own, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much.” Looking at him Jesus said, “Salvation has come to this house today, for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”
READ: “Salvation has come to this house today,” is a wonderful declaration from the mouth of Jesus in the gospel today. The first reading speaks about second chances for our lives to turn around, to re- nounce evil and to trust in the Lord.
REFLECT: The Lord desires that we all be saved. But time and again we fail and our lives miss turning around for God. The good news is that God is compassionate and he does not will that any of us perish. He gives us second chances to understand how much we have allowed evil and wickedness to run our lives. He is giving us another time to show repentance and return to his embrace. This was how he blessed the life of Zaccheus.
PRAY: Disturb my life, Lord and help me see that being with you is what truly matters in life.
ACT: List all your sins (they keep us away from God) and then make a firm resolve to heal them one by one.
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