Reflection for Tuesday, November 18, 2008: 33rd week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorKalb, Howie, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorKalb, Howard E., S.J.en_US IIen_US Timeen_US 33en_US
dc.description.abstractIn our first reading from the Book of Revelation, God tells the people of Sardis; "I know the reputation you have of being alive, when in fact you are dead! Wake up and strengthen what remains before it dies."|| Then to the Church at Laodicea he quotes their boast: "I am so rich and secure that I want for nothing." And God tells them: "Little do you realize how wretched you are, how pitiable and poor, blind and naked."|One can almost imagine that God is talking to today's culture; the "culture of death" to which the late John Paul II so often referred. And the greatest cause of this death culture? It is in St. Jane de Chantal's words: "Our greatest sin is the loss of the sense of sin." This loss is so clearly seen in the affluence abused and squandered, the addictions to pornography and drugs, the breakup of families, the perversion of sex, the increase of suicides, and countless other tragedies resulting from sin.|In conclusion, God tells us: "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears me calling and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him and he with me." Notice, it is God who takes the initiative. He keeps calling and waits for a response. He forces no one, but he requires that we open the door. He waits for us to show good will by making an effort to respond.|The same message comes through in the Gospel. We are told Zacchaeus climbed into a tree to get a look at the teacher. No matter how curious and confused this chief tax collector may have been, it was Jesus who initiated their bonding with his invitation. "Zacchaeus, come down quickly. Today I must stay at your house." It is only when the tax collector descended and pledged to restore any ill-gotten gains along with his support for the poor that he hears Jesus say: "Today salvation has come to this house."|And what message can we take from this encounter? Jesus tells us. "The Son of Man has come to search out and save what was lost." He is our Savior but he expects us to accept the redemption he offers. If we would contribute even one-millionth of the effort that Jesus expended in his life, passion, death and resurrection, heaven would be guaranteed for each of us.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 498en_US
dc.program.unitJesuit Communityen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 19:1-10en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, November 18, 2008: 33rd week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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