This weekend, we celebrate the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel reading below, we read of Zacchaeus who was “seeking to see who Jesus was,” so he climbed up a tree. Jesus looked up at him and called for him to come down. Zacchaeus came down and “received him with joy.” Jesus told Zacchaeus and also tells us: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
This powerful reading reminds us that all of us are invited to salvation. We are called to seek Jesus and be open to being sought by him, and to change our lives when we encounter Jesus. This encounter leads to a personal relationship with Jesus--a relationship that makes a difference in the way that we live our lives.
Gospel Luke 19: 1-10
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 all 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.”