Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 15, A.D. 2005
2 Maccabees 6:18-31
Psalm 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
If our Lord came up to you today and asked to come to your home for
would you be ready? Would you be willing to let Him in and dine with
such short notice, knowing that your home was not clean and the
nearly empty since your plan was to buy groceries the next day? Would
welcome Him anyway regardless of how things were with you personally,
overdue for a haircut, or unshaven for a day or two? Or would you
a rain check for a better day when you had time to clean, prepare a
feast and have yourself all spruced up for the great visit from your
Well, all of these things really do not matter. In today's gospel,
calls to Zacchaeus and invites Himself to dinner and it is possible
Zacchaeus was not ready for this himself. Jesus did not go to
a feast or to see his palatial home all cleaned and ready for the
No, Jesus went to Zacchaeus because he was a tax collector, a man in
Jesus comes to us the same way. He is not expecting us to be in our
clothes with a gourmet meal all prepared and ready. He comes expecting
as we are, sinners in need of an all loving and all saving God. To be
for Him is not to have our house all in perfect order, but rather to be
willing to accept Him when He calls and ready to do His bidding and
the free gift He brings.
Jesus will help us get our house in order. Are you now ready?
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
St. Albert the Great, bishop and doctor of the Church
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