Sunday, November 3, 2013
A reflection on the story of Zacchaeus, will eventually make us realize how we can truly relate with him. For His Life is our Life too as a follower of Jesus. There are three moments in the story where you and I can relate. First. Notice the trouble that zacchaeus had to go through just to see Jesus. Small and stature despised by many because of his work but he had this strong desire to see and meet Jesus and so climb the sycamore tree. Many of us here today are busy with so many things to do at home and at work and they are never ending. Many are tired from the weeks work. But I had to commend you for the trouble in a way you had to undergo just to come tonight and attend the mass to dine with the Lord in the Eucharist, to embrace and to be nourished by Him. You have made a great deal of effort to see Jesus and I truly believe in my heart whatever you have come for and ask for, the Lord will bless you just as He said to Zacchaeus, “Salvation shall come to this House.” Second. Notice Zacchaeus climbing the sycamore tree. He was mall in stature and so he had to rise above the crowd. As a follower of the Lord we are often called to rise above the crowd to do and follow what Christ wants from us. Not just to do what everyone does to fit in but to do what is true what is holy and right and we have to separate ourselves from the crowd and often it is not easy. We can be ridiculed and judge unfairly. It’s not easy but it is always a call for you and me as followers of Jesus. It’s not easy, so we have to have the grace and Gods help to be able to rise above the crowd, to rise above our own imperfection and limitation. How is this possible? Prayer can be a great help. The sycamore tree is the tree of prayer. Third. The third moment is the attitude of zacchaeus that we can imitate, he may be small in stature he may be despised and sinner but Zacchaeus is mall man with a big heart. Because he experienced the saving goodness of the Lord he said “to those I have defrauded I will make amends and repay them back.” We may have our own sinfulness but my dear brothers and sisters we still have the power to do good and this is what zacchaeus did. Truly The Life of Zacchaeus is our Life too and we can learn a lot from him.
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"Leaps of Faith"
"LEAPS OF FAITH" Can be a religious movement of a person, an inner movement of belief, of trust on the greatest power of all, The Supreme being..Our Creator and Maker..Our God. They can be resolutions of a person everyday in his life to move forward, to be a better person, and to start a new life. They can be decisions of a person in times of great uncertainties, when he is not sure of what will come or happen and he makes a leap of faith. They can be steps, difficult steps that a person makes on his way to change or to start anew. Or they can simply be a persons resolve to fly, to travel..to widen his horizons, to learn more about life and to grow. These are Leaps of faith we make everyday and in great moments of our lives and they are worth considering and reflecting.