This weekend’s Gospel story is about Zacchaeus, the tax collector. For many of us, it’s about a short man who wanted to see Jesus so he climbed a tree to see him. This is a great story to tell our children, but this Gospel reveals to us much more about our Lord Jesus. We know that Zacchaeus was small in stature, but was also a “small” person who cheated people. He worked for the Romans as a tax collector. The Israelite people disliked him because he extorted more money from them than they actually owed to the Romans. Zacchaeus grew rich on this practice. Jesus notices Zacchaeus, and that changes his life. He tells Jesus that he will change his life and make amends for the wrongs that he had done. Jesus rejoices with Zacchaeus, and shares a meal with him and his friends. This is a story about mercy and forgiveness. We are called to recognize the areas of our lives that need God’s mercy and forgiveness and celebrate these gifts in the Sacrament of Penance. Let us follow the example of Zacchaeus and let the mercy of God change our lives!
Next weekend Bishop Cunningham will be here to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with the students of St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s parishes. Please keep our young people in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for this special day.
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