Monday, November 18, 2019
TUESDAY, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
2 Mc 6: 18 – 31 / Lk 19:1 – 10
FROM THE 1ST READING: 2 Mc 6: 18 – 19a, 30 – 31
Eleazar, one of the prominent teachers of the Law, already old and of noble appearance, was forced to open his mouth to eat the flesh of a pig. But he preferred to die honorably than to live in disgrace. . .
When he was at the point of death, he said groaning, "The Holy Lord, who sees all, knows that though I could have saved myself from death, I now endure terrible sufferings in my body. But in my soul, I suffer gladly because of the respect I have for him." In his death, he left a noble example and a memorial of virtue and strength, not only to the young but to the whole nation.
GOSPEL READING: 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.
All the people who saw this began to grumble and said, "He has gone to the house of a sinner as a guest." 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 for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."
In the first reading we see the heroism of Eleazar, a leader of the Jewish people, and many others who preferred to give up their lives than violate God's law and regulations: "In his death, he left a noble example and a memorial of virtue and strength, not only to the young but to the whole nation."
In the Gospel reading we see Jesus living out his mission "to seek and to save the lost."
Zaccheus, a tax collector and a rich man, wished to see Jesus. Short in stature he climbs a sycamore tree where Jesus would pass. Jesus invites him down and invites himself to dine at his house, much to the surprise and disapproval of many: "He has gone to the house of a sinner as a guest."
Zaccheus confirms his conversion and reform: "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."
Jesus confirms the conversion of Zaccheus, "Salvation has come to this house today for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."
Like Zaccheus may we have the resolve to see and know Jesus. Knowing him, may we listen to him and follow his commandments.
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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