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Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
ThursdayOctober 27, 2016
Why would Jesus make such an overt display of gracing Zacchaeus, such a public sinner, with this grand gesture? The first reading gives a splendid reasoning for Jesus' invitation to Zacchaeus: "you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people's sins that they may repent (Wis 11:23)! People fear God so they stay away! But when they are able to see his mercy, his generosity, God can release them from their fear and their lives can truly change! Look at the dramatic change in Zacchaeus when Jesus issues his invitation. "He came down quickly and received him with joy ... and said to the Lord, 'Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor'" (Lk 19:6,8).
Paul encourages us in his prayer "that our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith" (2 Thes 1:11). Notice that God is the actor in this prayer. Anything we try to do ourselves without the guidance of his Holy Spirit or his in-dwelling presence is bound to fall short of God's definition of fulfillment. But when we move and act in accordance with God's will, by the promptings of the Holy Spirit, then people who might fear God now will see something new. They may catch a glimpse of his power and his mercy within us; and their lives may be changed forever! May we keep God's memory ever present in our minds and hearts so that we have the courage to live a life that proclaims the majesty of Our God and King, and blesses his name forever (Ps 145:1-2)!
"Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might." (Psalm 145:10-11)
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ReflectionContemplation and Healing the Heart #5
First ReadingWisdom 11:22-12:2
Second Reading2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
ReflectionPurity of Heart and Contemplation #6
First Reading2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
PsalmPsalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
Second Reading2 Thessalonians 2:16 - 3:5
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