Tuesday, the 33rd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Readings for today’s Mass
In Zacchaeus we see the antithesis of another rich official from the previous chapter of Luke’s gospel. When this official asked about having eternal life, Jesus told him to sell what he had and give it to the poor. The gospel doesn’t say if or how the official responded. It just says he was sad.
Zacchaeus, on the other hand, did not wait to be challenged by Jesus. He freely offered to give half of his wealth to the poor and to justly compensate anyone he had cheated. For this, Jesus holds as an example this social parasite: Today salvation has come to this house. For Luke, this anecdote becomes the exemplar of the purpose of Jesus’ ministry and the expectations of his followers: The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.
What is salvation worth? What will bring salvation to the house where you dwell? Clearly, Luke has identified personal wealth and possessions as one stumbling block.
What gets in the way of salvation coming to your house? Are you willing to do something about it?