CYCLE I: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: ENCOUNTER WITH GOD
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Lk. 19:1-10) Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus meets Zacchaeus, a tax collector. Zacchaeus took a lot of effort to see Jesus. He must have heard a lot about Jesus and wanted to see Him and, hopefully, have an encounter with Him. He did and more. Jesus, seeing Zacchaeus atop a sycamore tree, called Zacchaeus and invited Himself to Zaccaheus’ house. We know the story, Zacchaeus repented and expressed his reparation to Jesus.
The example of Zacchaeus must have shocked a lot of Jews, specially his fellow taxpayers. It revealed how much they had taken advantage of their fellow Jews. Their abuse of authority was worthy of contempt. Yet Zacchaeus took the opportunity to change when Jesus visited Him. He still had a choice. And he chose the best part which is humility and contrition. Fame, power, riches, and other sources of worldly prestige are certainly inebriating. They will derail and bring us to the path of iniquities and godlessness. Satan will make is believe they are everything we need only to realize their lack and emptiness. At most, we only use them for the greater glory of God. They are not bad in themselves. But they can be a source of sin. Jesus will always be there to approach us and invite Himself to us.
Do we welcome Him like Zaccaheus did? Do we accept our sinfulness and abuses to others? Are we willing to reparate after we have confessed? Only then can we change and be worthy of the forgiveness and absolution of the Lord.
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