I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Reflection for Tuesday November 15, Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 19:1-10

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.
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Who is Zacchaeus? He is a chief tax collector, a bigtime extortionist and a bigtime sinner too! It would seem that this sinful man would drown in his sinfulness and be sinful for the rest of his life. But Jesus intervened in the life of this sinful man so from being sinful he repented and became a renewed man.  

God works in mysterious ways in our lives, He always calls us sinners to become His faithful followers.  Zacchaeus is such kind of a man, a sinner like you and me. His call to conversion may seem like his own initiative but no it was not his own. It was Jesus who called him, it was Jesus who spoke to his heart to tell him to return the money that he stole and leave behind his sinful life.

Jesus always calls us to conversion He uses many avenues to do it for us. There are times that He bothers our conscience. There are times that He uses other people for us to follow Him, let us be sensitive to this intervention of Jesus in our lives.

Life is never the same when we live it without Jesus, we may temporarily enjoy what this world would offer us. But at the end of the day everything that this world offers us is passing and temporary. Let us carefully discern this, let us wake-up with our love affair with sin and materialism while we still have time to walk away from it. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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