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

November 20, 2018

Tuesday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22

 Psalm 15:2-5

Gospel LK 19:1-10


At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,  was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,  "Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house."  And he came down quickly and received him with joy.  When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying,  "He has gone to stay at 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."

 

 

The Blindness of Wealth

 

The Gospels mention two things about Zachaeus: that he was a rich tax collector, and that he was short in stature. And these two things are related. Here is a man who was dwarfed by the riches he had amassed. He could not see Jesus because his preoccupations with money and possessions had created mountains all around him. Attachments to the material fade out the spiritual. Jesus minces no words when it comes to the point of the burdens that material possessions bring. ‘It is harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle!”


We may not be able to see God; yet God would see us. We may not find our way to God because we are caught up in our riches; yet God will find his way to us. Jesus spots Zachaeus and volunteers to dine with him. Jesus himself is salvation. But that does not mean that Zachaeus is automatically saved. He takes lessons in salvation from Jesus. What does Jesus teach him? That is revealed in Zachaeus’ decision to reach out to his fellow men in reconciliation and repair. Attachment to possessions leads one to be dwarfed before God. But even before that, he or she is already dwarfed before his or her fellow beings. So before one can avail of the salvation that Jesus brings, he or she should grow up to be able to look in the face of the other.  Growing up is not by impoverishing but by empowering the other. Growing up is not by cutting the other to size but by sizing up to them through forgiving love and generous service.


Rev. Dr. George Kulangara CMI


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