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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel for this Sunday is one of my favorites (Luke 19:1-10).

It seems that Jesus came to Jericho intending to pass through the town. However, there was a wealthy tax collector named Zacchaeus who really wanted to see Jesus. Since he was not very tall, he climbed a sycamore tree in order to be able to see Jesus who was about to pass that way. When Jesus reached the place, He looked up and called out: "Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house." Zacchaeus came down quickly and with joy. When the crowd saw this, they began to grumble as they thought Jesus was going to go to the house of a sinner. But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord: "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost."

Let us ask Jesus for the desire to see Him and then for the grace to respond to His invitation as Zacchaeus did. 

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