Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

November 17, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen parish, Media, PA

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-+1231) Patron Saint of Hospitals and Nurses

Book of Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22

Psalm 15:22-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5

Luke 19:1-10

 

            I have always loved today’s Gospel from Saint Luke.  It is a good story that has a great ending.  Luke gives us a bit of comic relief, it seems, with Zacchaeus the “short” tax collector, as well as his persistence for getting even a glimpse of this Jesus person everyone has been talking about.  Zacchaeus does not only lack stature, however, but moral uprightness.  He is a wealthy chief tax collector made so by exploiting the people of his jurisdiction.  This is where the tension of the story begins to build.  Jesus is happy to see him and, further, elects to dine with him.  Once again Jesus defies traditional expectations.  However, look at the results of His actions; we have Zacchaeus’ conversion of heart!  More importantly, he pledges to repay everything he has extorted four times over.

 The invitation for us today is simply this, conversion at any level.  Luke’s narrative reveals a change of heart from an unanticipated individual.  Zacchaeus is a tax collector who most assuredly was disliked by his fellow citizens of Jericho.  Interestingly, Jesus didn’t have to do all that much more than invite himself to dinner.  It was Zacchaeus who moved toward Jesus.  Was he curious, fascinated, or hungry for inspiration?  Something was at work in Zacchaeus’ life, stirring within him to amend his life.

Friends, the desires of our lives, those of goodness and integrity, are such good evidence for God’s work in our world and within each of us.  God provides us with desire, continuing to call us to help Him make the world a place more and more receptive to His good grace.  We see this reality with Zacchaeus today, but more poignantly we see it as a conversion, as a change of routine, as an honoring of desires stirring within the depths of our hearts. 

Question of the Day:  Will you too “climb the sycamore tree” as Zacchaeus did in order to be seen by Jesus in order to invite Him into your home and your life?

Prayer:  “God loved us, and sent His Son as an expiation of our sins.”  Amen.

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