“Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” The Reading on this fine Sunday has the potential of filling us with autumn anticipation of the great moments ahead. Moments that help us to put our lives in perspective and deepen our understanding of why we are here and what we are supposed to do while present in this world. Repentance for sins, interior conversion, and joyful participation in the invitation that Jesus wants to “come over to the house” are all aspects of the Christian life that belong together, each step leading to the next. Clearly, the greatest obstacle to admission to the Kingdom is no sin as such, but rather the arrogant attitude that refuses to grasp God’s hand when it is graciously and gladly extended. “For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.”
“And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, ‘He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” The problem here is not the same unattainability of our hearts’ deepest desires but rather, the fact that our imaginations and yearngings are not extravagant enough even to begin approaching the reality of what God wants to give us.
“We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling.” On this first Sunday of this brand new month, a time of remembrance, hope and giving thanks, our call to prayer is only rivaled by our call to repentance and patience with each other. It’s always a good time to pray and just be in God’s presence. How about now?
“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” Steve Maraboli