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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 19, A.D. 2002

Revelation 3:1-6,14-22
Psalm 15:2-5
Luke 19:1-10

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 giving all.

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. - JuandelaCruz TOCarm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

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