Another tax collector plays a central part in the Gospel of this day (Luke 19:1-10). Like the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector at prayer, an invitation is offered which changes hearts and lives.
Zacchaeus is not just a tax collector but rather the chief tax collector! Unlikely to be a part of the “brute squad” characteristic of that less than noble profession, his small physical stature caused him to climb a tree to see Jesus. In the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus, the parable becomes more than a story where the parable comes to life. Jesus invites himself into the house of the chief tax collector. The crowd reacted with indignation. Zacchaeus made a profession of faith which would affect not only his personal beliefs but also his public behavior. Jesus proclaimed that salvation had come since the grace of conversion, both internally and externally, was revealed in the life of this descendant of the promise!
The chief tax collector did not throw anyone “under the bus” blaming anyone else for his situation, did nothing to justify himself, but publicly acknowledged that he would live a life in accord with the Gospel. Mercy finds us for Jesus invites himself into our homes that we might find a home in him:
Just and merciful God, true Lord of every house, sure delight of every heart, come into our midst today to speak your word and satisfy our hunger. Enable us to see you clearly, to welcome you with joy, and to give justice and mercy a place in our lives.
Tuesday is the Solemnity of All Saints. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be on Monday (All Hallows Eve) at 5:00 pm and on Tuesday at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.
Wednesday is the Commemoration of All Souls. Masses will be at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. At the evening celebration, we have invited all those who have suffered a loss through death this past year, remembering our dead in a special way and surrounding their family and friends with faith and loving support. A reception will follow in the Social Hall.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!