This week as we near the end of the Liturgical Year our readings are from Wisdom 11:22-12:2, Psalm 145, Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians 1:11-2:2, and Luke’s Gospel 19:1-10.
The Gospel this week is the story of Zacchaeus that short tax collector who climbs a tree to see Jesus. Jesus calls to him and eats with Zacchaeus where Zacchaeus says that he’s done horrible things and will give back to the poor. This story is a story of all Christians. At times we are all to caught up in the things of this world, caring more for things than people, neglecting them just because we think of them as a sinner. However we are all sinners, we all want to be like Zacchaeus and have that moment in the tree. This story echoes what we hear in the Book of Wisdom where the Lord is said to “love all thing that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.” The Lord comes to us with love and ask us to do the same to all our neighbors, as the Great Commandment say “Love your neighbor as yourself”.
This is especially important to remember in the upcoming week in the United States as that Presidential Election is just days away and we should remember that we are not a nation of Blues and Reds but we are all different shades of Purple. Let us keep this in mind this week as we try to live by the key to living “Love your neighbor as yourself”. It is a simple idea but it is difficult for us to do let us all try to follow this commandment for the rest of the year. We hear Jesus telling us to come down from the tree saying that he will be staying with us tonight are we ready.