Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 19, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"I shall repay it four times over. . ."
Contrition, true contrition is not about "making it up," it is about
making it more than right. Today Jesus bestows a visit on the house of
a sinner. Yes, in the Gospels and in our daily travels, Jesus visits
each of us sinners in our own houses each day and offers us the joy of
His companionship. But that joy comes at a price -- contrition.
Proper contrition does not ask, "Am I done yet?" As with Zacchaeus,
proper contrition is anxious for the opportunity to serve. Proper
contrition recognizes the breach of the peace that has occurred, and it
desires more than "making it right" it desires the fullness of joy in
Often after confession we are given a penance to pray or do by the
priest. In celebration of the act of forgiveness, we should do our
penance and then move as the Holy Spirit leads us to show our contrition
with great acts of love. Zacchaeus was rewarded with salvation because
his heart was turned from stone to flesh. Praise God for this
opportunity. Seize it and move forward. Clutch to yourself each
opportunity to do a service for the Lord remembering always the light
penances that we are dispensed and the great love that wants always to
give more than what is required.
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