Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 20, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Maccabees 6:18-31
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Son of Man has come to seek and save what was lost. (see Luke 19:10)
Power, prestige and possessions summarize the ambitions of the “worldly,” and their single-minded pursuits inevitably lead to their shoddy use of others. The Book of Maccabees portrays a power-driven king demanding that Eleazar, a sincere and pious Jew, break God’s law by eating the meat of an unclean animal.
Since his disobedience was punishable by death, his friends proposed that he pretend to obey the king but covertly substitute lawful meat. Eleazar, however, placed faithfulness to God and setting a good example for their youth above preserving his own life. He affirmed that God’s word is absolute, never subject to compromise nor deceit despite the suffering and loss it may cause one.
Today’s Gospel presents Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector, in sharp moral contrast with Eleazar. Such collectors enriched themselves through dishonesty while subsidizing the Roman government that kept the Israelites subjected.
Zacchaeus was strangely drawn to hear Jesus speak and climbed a tree to gain a better vantage point. Jesus, realizing his openness to His words, ignored the crowd’s disapproval over His consorting with a sinner and told Zacchaeus He would go to his home.
The crooked little man and his entire household underwent a miraculous conversion as he promised to make restitution of his ill-gained riches. The door to God’s kingdom is open to all who sincerely resolve to and then actually live in God’s love and truth.
O Blessed Redeemer, imbue our hearts and minds with a deep love for You, God’s living Word. May we rejoice with You when sinners repent and receive Your new life. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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