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Tuesday 33rd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday 33rd Week of the Year

Luke 19:1-10.

What might Jesus be seeking out to save in you and me today?

A good word to describe Zacchaeus is “misfit.”

He did not fit in with anybody or any group.

And can you blame any of his neighbors for this?

 

He would extort people from their hard earned pay
without a worry or concern, until he met Jesus.

He began this turnaround before he met Jesus.

The last line of the gospel gives it away:

“For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost.”

Notice he comes not only to seek out but to save.

 

Zacchaeus experienced a total 180° turnaround.

He felt that tug in his heart to get up in the tree,
not knowing what to expect.

He is a model of discipleship.

 

He’s open to what Jesus offers – salvation,
and he acts on that salvation
in his new concern for the poor
by making right with those whom he wronged.

 

Many of our conversions may not be as dramatic
as Zaccheaus, but they change us
because Jesus seeks us out too.
What might Jesus be seeking out to save in you and me today?

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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