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Sunday, October 30, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 19:1-10

Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin

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.”


Often times, when someone has done something wrong, the person will not admit his wrongdoings or faults, even if the person is caught on the act or an evidence is found.  The person will still rationalize what he did or even hide the wrongdoing.  The person will even fight against the accusation filed against him or her in the court. 

A relative of mine caught her husband cheating on her.  She was surprised to see him with a woman younger than her eating together in the same restaurant where she was eating with a close friend, too.  She thought he was in the office when he called her this morning informing her of a meeting with his boss who is a male boss the whole afternoon.  He told her that he would be late to come home in the evening.  She walked up to them and asked him about the woman.  She became more furious when  her husband suddenly pushed her away from the table and shouted at her to stop while cursing her.  There was no remorse in her husband’s face and didn’t even apologize.  Because of that, she fought back and shouted at him also.  Commotion followed and her friend went to her side to stop and move her away.   She saw her husband took the woman and left the restaurant together.  She was stunned to see him left with the woman and left her and her close friend.  Afterwards, her friend took her out of the restaurant to avoid the embarrassment caused   by the situation. 

To make the story short,  she filed a case for concubinage against her husband and his mistress.  She found out that her husband has been living with the woman for 2 years already in a rented apartment and has a two-year old son.  She won the case after  10 long years of struggle.    

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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