Thirty first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel: Lk 19:1-10

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
* Stained Glass Window from St. Dominic's Church in Washington, D.C. Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.was seeking to see who Jesus was;
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 stood there and said to the Lord,
"Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, 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."

Reflection:
On The call of Zacchaeus is so full of meaning, it is hard to take in on a quick reading.  Jesus is not coming to Jericho, he is only passing through the city.  Zacchaeus just wants a look at Jesus as he goes by, and climbs a tree to get one.  This very small act by Zacchaeus causes Jesus to change his plans and invite himself to Zacchaeus's house, though he is a well-known and despised sinner. 

 Such is the overabundance of love and grace God responds to us with at even the slightest acts of faith.  And he does not respond only to good decent people, he comes especially for the outcast and the sinner.   And we see the results as Zacchaeus responds with joy to right the wrongs he has done, and to use his wealth to help the poor.  It all happens so quickly - Zacchaeus' life is turned around as a result of climbing a tree - it should give us pause if we are as open to the Lord's call at an unexpected time.  If we are, Zacchaeus shows us how to respond with the deepest joy when Jesus turns his face to us. - Scott Salvato, Director of Campus Ministries - Molloy College

Saint of the Day: St. Arnold of Soissons
Today is the Feast of St. Martin de Porres

 St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru in 1579.  His father was Spanish and his mother was a black former slave.  Martin joined the Dominicans as a lay brother and did menial tasks and was often ill-treated by many because of his mixed racial heritage.  He was always gentle, patient, and forgiving of others and had a special love of the poor and the sick.  Over the years, he became widely known for his great love of all, his care of the sick, his way with animals, and his miraculous spiritual gifts.  Martin de Porres is often depicted with a broom, since he considered all work to be sacred no matter how menial. He is also often shown with a dog and a cat eating in peace from the same dish. He is the patron saint of people of mixed-race, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony plague.

 
Faith Molloy is a collaboration of the Office of Mission and Advancement and the Office of Campus Ministries.

* Stained Glass Window from St. Dominic's Church in Washington, D.C. Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

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