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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 31st (C) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 19,1-10): 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 (…).

Jesus, our true Treasure

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, “I must stay at your house”. These words are an effective stimulus to welcome the Risen Jesus, a sure way to find fullness of life and happiness. In fact, genuine human fulfilment and true joy are not found in power, success or money, but only in God.

Zacchaeus has it all… For this reason his desire to see Jesus is surprising. What impelled him to seek Jesus out? Zacchaeus realized that what he possessed was not enough, he felt the desire for more. He wanted to see this Jesus. But though Zacchaeus was rich and powerful, he was short. So he ran ahead and climbed a tree. It did not matter to him whether he was exposing himself to ridicule. And Jesus arrived, he looked up at him and called him by name.

—Nothing is impossible to God! From this meeting streamed forth a new life for Zacchaeus: he found the true treasure, because the Treasure —which is Jesus— found him!