Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year C

During the ABC sports coverage today, mention was often made of the “violence committed against women, that one in four of all women are victims of some form of violence.” And here was I wondering how I was going to survive another swarm (?) of mosquitos!

“You love all that exists, you hold nothing of what you have made in abhorrence, for had you hated anything, you would not have formed it” (First Reading).

So we need to search out why we behave so badly and what was His purpose in giving us mosquitos. The Gospel throws light on the former, but not the least part of our dilemma.

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, a wealthy man then, and a person to be reckoned with. He seems to have been a more humble person than many in powerful positions in the Gospels. His words and actions seem to indicate that Zacchaeus was seeking to see and takes the opportunity to announce himself to the one who came to seek and save. He does not know that he is being sought …and saved!

There are four stories in this section, all about the Prophet Jesus on his way to Jerusalem encountering helpless children, blind beggars and even the tax collectors, continuously reaching out to the poor, the outcasts and the deprived with Good News. This aspect of the Good News does not feature on Grandstand on a Saturday afternoon. I think it ought. Can we find a way?

 

Mons Frank

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