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Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 19:1-10): Aman there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus. At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy.

When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “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 because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was 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: « Zacchaeus, come down quickly for I must stay at your house today».

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