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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

Salvation has come to this house PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 03 November  2019: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Son of Man came to seek and to find that which was lost

Zaccheus in the tree.  mage source: Niels Larsen Stevns: Zakæ (Christ And Zacchaeus), Gunnar Bach Pedersen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons...Zaccheus may have been small in stature, but he was a man of substance – a centre of attention, as he ‘made his appearance’. As a senior tax collector, who presided over the collection of tolls and taxes in Jericho, an important centre because it was on the junction of two trade routes, Zaccheus would have been a man of considerable wealth. The attention he attracted would certainly not have been friendly. His undignified ascent into the branches of a tree to be able to see Jesus over the heads of the crowd would have provoked amusement. But the incident gives us an insight into the forthright character of Zaccheus – qualities that contributed, no doubt, to his worldly success. The attitude he displays in his encounter with Jesus also makes it clear that, for all his success, he is looking for more from life than the wealth he has accumulated. Drawn by what he has heard of the teacher from Nazareth, he disregards the amusement of the crowd and climbs the tree to see for himself. When Jesus calls him down in order to visit his house, his reactions are wholehearted and generous, ‘he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully’.

Zaccheus is like so many people today who - though they are confused - are not far, in their generous outlook, from the kingdom of God. Those, on the other hand, who ‘complain’ that the Saviour has ‘gone to stay at a sinner’s house’, are like the righteous who do not understand the generous mercy of God, and do not know how to reach out to those in need...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image source: Niels Larsen Stevns: Zakæ (Christ And Zacchaeus), Gunnar Bach Pedersen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 
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