Photo: “Zakae” by Niels Larsen Stevns
31st Sunday of Ordinary Time, 3 November 2013
In the Ignatian perspective, desires are a key way that God speaks to us. But we have to discern whether our desires are selfish or selfless.
Zacchaeus, being a tax collector, had these selfish desires. But he eventually manifested his number one desire and, being short in stature, thusly climbed up the sycamore tree just to see Jesus.
What is/are our desire/s? In our efforts to see and meet Jesus, what are our figurative “short(ness) in stature?” Our “sycamore trees”?
Ngunit ‘di nagtatapos ang kwento ng mapagbagong engkwentro diyan.
Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down the tree so he can stay at his house. A literal translation from the original Greek says that Jesus MUST stay at his house.
Even God, in all HIs loving mercy (which is incidentally this Sunday’s theme), has a desire to meet us where we are—just as God asked Adam the first recorded question in the Bible, “Where are you?” And just as the old man, four chapters back (Luke 15), rushed to his prodigal son the moment he saw his son in the distance.
How did God meet you today? What is my response?
Happy Sunday! (Late post)