Always Yes, Always New

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…


31st Sunday in Ordinary Time C


In this famous story, Zacchaeus the tax collector is excited to see but that proves impossible as he is too short to catch a glimpse of him above the crowd that surrounds Jesus.  Jesus comes in like a rock star, some cheering, some jeering, some wanting to follow and some trying to disprove him.  Zacchaeus scrambles up a sycamore to see him and when Jesus approaches him, he calls him down and announces that he intends to stay with him.  Zacchaeus is delighted, but the authorities grumble.  Surely, Jesus should know that Zacchaeus is a sinner, a tax collector, a wealthy man who most surely got it by cheating.  But Zacchaeus is renewed by his encounter with Jesus and announces he is a changed man.  From now on he will give half his possessions to the poor and pay back four times…

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