MY daily reflection and prayer: Tuesday, November 18, 2014:
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. 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 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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus says to Zacchaeus, “I must stay at your house today.” What will we do and feel if Yesus also says the same to us, “I must stay at your house today?”
I imagine, Zacchaeus is very excited to accept Jesus who stay at his house, even not only his house but his home! It’swhy he says to Jesus Christ, “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.”
As we all know well! Zacchaeus in the Gospel is a chief tax collector and is much hated by all the people. He needs God’s merciful love and forgiveness. It’s why Jesus will single him out for the honor of staying at his home.
In his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus finds more than he imagines possible. He shows the depth of his repentance by deciding to give half of his goods to the poor and to use the other half for making restitution for fraud. His testimony includes more than words. His change of heart results in a change of life.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we learn from Zacchaeus not only for climbing the sycamore tree that we may see Jesus Christ but also for coming down quickly and receive Him with joy and also embrace His cross for our lives. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist; Jesus Christ is always ready to make His home with each one of us. Let’s make room for Him in our hearts and in every area of our lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, come and stay with us in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist. Fill our lives with Your peace, our homes with Your presence, and our hearts with Your praise. Help us to show kindness, mercy, and goodness to all, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
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