Homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday November 3 2019
Gospel: Lk 19:1-10
My dear friends this Gospel passage was the primary school story of my generation. What did we learn from it? I think as children we learnt that Jesus, and be extension God, takes an interest in us, that each of us counts. It seemed nobody cared about Zacchaeus except Jesus. Why was Jesus interested in Zacchaeus and not anybody else? Because Zacchaeus needed God’s love and mercy more than others; and because Zacchaeus was curious, he had an open heart; he was ready for the encounter. So Zacchaeus was searching for Jesus and Jesus was searching for him. Zacchaeus had a powerful encounter of God’s love and mercy by his encounter with Jesus. Jesus took an interest in Zacchaeus, he was warm towards him, he encouraged and stood up for him, Jesus ignored Zacchaeus’ past and treated him as a son of God. This led to Zacchaeus’ conversion. Jesus went into Zacchaeus’ house and Zacchaeus ended up going into God’s house.
My friends there are two things we can take away from this: 1.
God desires to encounter us as Jesus encountered Zacchaeus. How beautiful this is! 2. We can be like Jesus in our encounters with people. In this way we become the face of God to them.
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
Each of us counts in God’s eyes. When we are hurt, lost or alone God seeks us out as he sought Zacchaeus out