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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Tuesday 33rd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 19,1-10): (…) A man named Zaccheus (…) was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like (…) 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 (…). 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 (…)».

Eternal "Life" is not simply "what comes after"

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

Today, we delight in the “change of ambiance” produced around Zacchaeus with his conversion. That full life, of rest and justice, of peace and communion —what we expect from eternal "Life"— that we can already foretaste (n time) by living in communion with God.

Eternal "life" is not simply "what comes after", something we cannot even imagine now. As it is a "form of existence", eternal life can already be present in the centre of our earthly and temporal life. In the contemplation of the living God we can reach, through grace, that our soul joins God, its ultimate foundation: a "mighty Love" that cannot be taken away from us through the vicissitudes of life, and from which the joy and the momentum to go forward derive.

—O Lord, eternal "life" exists in the midst of the fluidity of the transience, right there where we reach the "face-to-face" with you.