Tuesday 19 November
Today is Tuesday, the 19 November, in the Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time.
The St Thomas Music Group sing the Kyrie by Margaret Rizza: Kyrie eleison; Christe eleison: Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy. These imploring words, which have been sung for centuries, are a reminder of the inexhaustible mercy of God, of God’s unfailing compassion and forgiveness. As I listen, I might think for a moment about my need for that forgiveness, and the need, too, for me to show that same forgiveness to others.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Here’s a man who didn’t think he had any entitlement to encounter Jesus. Zacchaeus didn’t have much of any kind of stature, really; not only could he not see Jesus for all the people crowding in front of him, so much so that he had to climb a tree … but his social stature was hopelessly compromised too … and he knew it. Maybe he thought that what he did as a tax-collector for the occupying forces was enough to exclude him from most human company … maybe he thought that he was permanently excluded .. ignored … cast out from human company… stuck with the consequences of a poor decision he made some years ago … For a moment, imagine what it was like to be Zacchaeus. How he might have felt.
Have you ever felt like Zacchaeus? Ponder what comes into your heart right now.
Listen again as Zacchaeus climbs his tree. What might he have been thinking as he did so … was he just hoping for a glimpse of Jesus as he passed, or was he, somewhere deeper, hoping for more than that … a glance … a word … a healing?
As this time of prayer comes to an end, hold these situations in prayer before the Lord. Ask for what you think may be needed.