Salvation Has Come to this House

Fr. Bob’s homily last weekend…

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time C

In the humorous and eventful story of Zacchaeus, the biggest risk Jesus takes is inviting himself over to Zacchaeus house for dinner for to break bread with someone was to identify with that person, to declare yourself on their team.  That is why the Pharisees grumble that Jesus would dine at the house “of a sinner.”  Holy men should know enough to stay away from public sinners like the tax collector who had made his fortune off of others and on behalf of the hated Roman Empire.  Jesus however can claim vindication for Zacchaeus has undergone a conversion – he is a new man.  He promises to give half of his belongings to the poor and restore four fold to anyone he has defrauded.  Jesus rejoices in his proclamation.  “Today salvation has come to this house.”

“Today salvation has come to this house.” …

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