Tuesday of 33rd Week odd numbered year, year ’B’ Mardi de la 33e semaine, année impaire

“Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham.”
Monday 9 November 2015

1 M. 18-31 Ps.3 Lk.19,1-10

Tuesday of 33rd Week, odd numbered year

“Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the townand suddenly a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance ; he was one o f teh senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He kept trying to see which person Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way.”

Jesus wants to say that for each one of us, salvation has come into our homes. Zacchaeus, the publican, was truely in quest of his Lord: ’He tried to see who Jesus was.’ Amidst concerns he was carrying concerning his profession, tired of being despised by other people, disgusted with all these years of frauding justice , Zacchaeus had but one idea in mind, he had only one face, one name in his head : Jesus. With Jesus, he could explain himself ; with Jesus he could start up his life again. At each instant of our life, Jesus proposes a new encounter as for Zacchaeus who is also a son of Abraham. Well beyond anything he could have heard about this man, Jesus knows how to read what is in this man, that is a heart desiring to love.Perhaps he had orientated his energies and affections in a bad way but he wanted to see Jesus. With Jesus’ cry he was touched in the centre of his heart : “Zacchaeus, come down from there!’ And so Zacchaeus comes back to what is essential in his life, back to the origin of his first love. With Zacchaeus the gospel that is given proposes that we start anew for a new life.”When Jesus reached that spot he looked up and spoke to him, ’Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry up, because I am to saty at your home today.’ And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully.They all complained when they saw wha was happening.’ He has gone to stay at a sinner’s house’, they said.

What makes us miserable is when we lose courage and let our life drag out, losing the courage of our convictions and accepting compromises. Zacchaeus knew how to recognise his limits and he actd in consequence. He was lost in the crowd because of his small height, and he could have let himself be beaten. But no, whatever his handicap may be, he had hope and this made him inventive : to see Jesus he would find a way to do this! We are afraid to be

alone and to be small in others’ sight; this paralyses us and so we need to transform our powerlessness into desire. Around Zacherais there is a pain that emanates and this makes Jesus sad, but the joy in Zacchaeus is contagious for his friends. Zacharias enters into a deep joy, for he is recognised in his deep being and seen in the real dimension of his heart. We too need to enter into this joy every day, choosing Jesus who calls us to come and dwell in our home.And so in fact we do encounter this love of our first encounter, the marvel of living this life with God.

“Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ’Look, sir, I am going to give half my property tot he poor,and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount.’ And Jesus said to him, ’Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham ; for the Son of man has come to seek out and to save what was lost.”

What is important is to welcome Jesus with joy, day after day : this is what Zacchaeus teaches us. We have received so much. What treasure do we seek? Jesus is inviting Himself every day into his house of prayer , He shares his Body and Blood with us we offer to Him our will of conversion and all the clumsiness of our hearts. He comes to look for what was lost in us and he saves it. We offer to Him our empty hands so that he can place his Joy into them. Thanks to ths Good News we are placed before our own history. In our Christian life, ordeals over time can make us lukewarm without us even realising it. The Word of God draws our attention in order to stand us up and amplify the ardour of our heart. It doesn’t require much for Jesus to invite Himself to our home : we just need to see what is expected; it is enough for him to see our gaze and to read in it a small glow of faith and sincerity there despite our distress.

We ask for the grace to be always tehre with Jesus who gives his Love to us.

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