XXXI Sunday: Don’t give up

November 3, 2019.

“Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house”. So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  (Luke 19, 1-10)

At times we have the impression that the good example that we give is good for nothing and that, no matter how well I behave, no one seems motivated to change their behavior. They even tell you that if you behave well it is because you are that way –which is to say that you are a little stupid- or because it isn’t hard for you to do things this way. This causes discouragement and not a few people consider that the good example is no longer useful, if at any time it has been. Christ, on the other hand, invites us to continue in this school of thought that is testimony, especially testimony which embraces the cross and charity, despite that there are many unforeseen results. Moreover, this same poverty of results is useful in examining what our motivation is, since we must love for Christ and we shouldn’t even do it for the conversions that could result. In whatever case, we are doing everything for the Lord, for gratefulness to Him, and we trust that our love serves so that someone meditates and approaches Christ, fountain of love.

Intention: Persevere with the good example. Approach, with love and for love, everyone including those who don’t deserve it or who seem impossible to convert.

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