Reflection 5 

Gospel Reading Luke 19:1-10

A man named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see Jesus, but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Sharing the Mission

This passage of St Luke’s gospel is a study in the attitude of acceptance and nonacceptance. Zacchaeus accepts our Lord joyfully and the sign of his acceptance is his open house and his resolution to give half of his goods to the poor. Outside the house we have non-acceptance, the crowd protesting and murmuring because Jesus had accepted Zacchaeus with all his defects, physical and spiritual. There may be particular people
whom we do not accept, or to whom we manifest an attitude of coldness and reserve. In this we are not like Christ. So often in our contacts with othe rs we set up in our minds conditions for accepting people or rejecting them. May Christ lower the barriers of prejudice in our minds and open our hearts, not only to the poo r, but to those whom we would exclude through personal dislike.

Discussion 

In what ways are we accepting or non-accepting of others?

Prayer                  

(Leader) For the grace to be creative in seeking Jesus,

(Together) Lord, hear our prayer.

(Leader) For the grace to let go of our prejudices,

(Together) Lord, hear our prayer. Amen