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Liturgical day: Tuesday 33rd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 19,1-10): A man named Zaccheus was there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus. When Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the city, a man named Zaccheus was there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus who had to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zaccheus, come down quickly for I must stay at your house today’. So Zaccheus hurried down and received him joyfully.

All the people who saw it began to grumble and said, «He has gone to the house of a sinner as a guest». But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, «The half of my goods, Lord, I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much». Looking at him Jesus said, «Salvation has come to this house today, for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Zacchaeus gives us a great example. We are always looking sideways to see if someone is looking at us and the way they look at us! Zacchaeus does not care what people say. For him there is neither stature nor sideways looking, only Jesus counts. And God doesn’t let down: « Zaccheus, come down quickly for I must stay at your house today».

- Final result: «He hurried down and received him joyfully» ... You, whose are you waiting for? When you are not with Jesus, with whom are you?