Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Thomas More College on October 31, 2010

Homily
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 31, 2010
Wisdom 11: 22 – 12:2
2nd Thess. 1: 11 – 2:2
Luke 19: 1 – 10

Zachaeus is a man of small stature but very interested in Jesus and so he climbs a nearby sycamore in order to catch a better view of Christ as He enters Jericho.

But it is Jesus who stops and greets the unpopular tax collector and orders the man down from the tree because Christ wants to be a guest in his home. Jesus goes against the prevailing custom and invites Himself rather than wait to be invited.

Why? Because despite Zachaeus’ reputation, Jesus loves him and wants to give the man an opportunity to repent of his part.

Zachaeus responds to the kindness Christ shows to Him and he undergoes a conversion, a radical change of heart. Zachaeus repents and makes restitution for all that he had stolen.

This passage from the Gospel of Saint Luke reminds us that no one is beyond God’s merciful forgiveness and that Christ loves each one of us with an unconditional love. Jesus wants to come and “stay at our house,” so as to speak.

May this truth console us in times of trial and difficulty. May it prompt us to look for Jesus as Zachaeus did.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and remain with us always.

Amen.

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