Luke 18:9-14 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 23, 2022 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
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October 31, 2022

Luke 19:1-10 October 30, 2022 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time “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.”

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 11:22-12:2
2 Thessalonians 1:12-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

A. Text/Context
• And so today we have just heard the popular story of Zacchaeus the tax collector
• Zacchaeus is not just an ordinary tax collector but he is the chief tax collector working for the Roman government
• What makes the life of Zacchaeus more difficult is that he is a Jew collecting taxes from his countrymen
• And at that time if you are a tax collector, your reputation is very bad because there is always the misconception that the tax collector collects more than what is required
• The correct amount remitted to the government and the excess goes to the pockets of the tax collector
• So the reputation of Zacchaeus is very notorious and he is looked upon with disdain and distrust and even a thief who defrauded his own people because of the corruption in the job involved
• So here we are, we have Zacchaeus in the gospel who is a sinner and he wanted to see Jesus because he had already heard a lot about him
• He wanted to see who this Jesus is because there are already plenty of stories circulating about him and a lot of people are always following him wherever he goes
• Unfortunately, he cannot because of his small stature so in order to see him he has to run ahead of him and climbed a sycamore tree and there he waited for Jesus
• And to his surprise, when Jesus came near him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”
• What! Imagine the surprise when you wanted to see someone you want to see and he arrives immediately right smack before your face
• And the rest of the story: Jesus said Today salvation has come to this house

B. Human Situation
• There are so many symbolisms in the gospel story today like the answer to the question: Why can’t we see God? What hinders us to see God?
• It is our sins. The darkness of sin is the stumbling block why is it that we cannot see God in our heart
• In the case of Zacchaeus, there is a longing to see Jesus but he is small that is so lacking in him
• When there is a longing to go back to God, God will facilitate. Jesus of course knew beforehand that Zacchaeus longed in earnest to see him
• And he did not only allow Zacchaeus to see him, he even stayed in his house and salvation came to the whole household
• That is why in the course of doing the routine duties in our jobs, there will always be irritants associated with the performance of our duties
• There will always be misunderstandings, miscommunications, even a misfeed of a wrong gossip
• For God’s sake we must forget it. We must not dwell on it. We must not dwell on the little sins of others nor shall we dwell on our own self pity
• Otherwise, our minds, our hearts will only be covered with the darkness of the many private little wars and petty quarrels and the task of doing the more noble mission of our daily job will be impaired
• One dark cloud cannot make us think that the whole world is already covered in darkness
• While Cotabato is flooded, Davao is fine, it is not anywhere that it is dark

C. Challenge
• The challenge that the gospel brings us today is that we are reminded that if we wish to change our lives for the better, from a life of sin to a life of forgiveness, salvation is the necessary consequence
• The gospel reminds us that God is always seeking us to go back to him, by making amends to our past mistakes, be it big or small, asking forgiveness to those whom we have wronged, making restitutions for the damage we did
• And we will not be frustrated because God will always forgive us, God will even facilitate the ways and means so that we will be able to go back to him
• God uses people, situations, even medical cases to make us regain the consciousness that we did in the past is not right
• If we fail to read these signs in our line of duties, darkness is already beginning to creep in our minds and hearts hindering us to see God in our work, in our relationship with others in the exercise of our profession
• The darkness of sin begins to envelope our vision to see God, even the merits of good work because we have been a good employee, a good mother, a good family man will no longer be pleasing in the eyes of God
• The darkness of the little sins we commit impairs the desire of God to dwell and rule our minds and hearts
• God will not be happy even if we have the best skills and expertise around in the midst of a sour and broken relationship
• Let us allow God to facilitate our journey back to him just like what Zacchaeus did and salvation shall come to us
• And we can start with something small, mending the little quarrels we have, restituting for the little damage we did
• The grace of God will magnify them, so that in the end, even the greater sins that the others commit, we will be able to forgive
• By then, the darkness of sin has dissipated, and God has made his residence in our hearts

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Luke 19 verse 1-10

Luke 19 verse 1-10

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