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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 33rd week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

2 Mc 6: 18-31

Ps 3: 2-3. 4-5. 6-7

Lk 19: 1-10


Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


There  was a crowd milling around Jesus. That included many sorts of people: sick as well as healthy, poor as well as rich, illiterate as well as learned. The crowd present that day was very much reflective of the society. Yet Zacchaeus did not belong there. Not because he was short in stature, but because he was a tax collector, a hate figure in the society. As a tax collector, who had become very rich through his wily ways; his ways were pole apart from the lifestyle Jesus was advocating. So Jesus’ on the spot decision to dine in his family was a shocker. The noisy crowd turned deaf silent. The story does not end at that. The silence of disapproval of what Jesus did turns first into a silence of disbelief and then into wild chatter of celebration on the following day, when Zacchaeus re-apprears on the streets as a generous and socially sensitive person.


What had done the trick? Jesus’ prescription of solution for dealing with extremely difficult people is simple: give them what they do not deserve and give more than they deserve. In being good, we cannot afford to be measured; in being good, we should not be predictable. Lasting joys in life come from relationships. We can convert the ordinary joys of everyday into ecstatic thrills by introducing some surprise elements into our relationships: Surprise those who expect nothing from us, who expect the worst from us and who expect the very ordinary from us with a gesture of excessive love and kindness. The rewards will be just great. 


Fr. George Kulangra CMI


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