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Tuesday-Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Psalm 95:1-2: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for saving us from sin, death, law, and futility. Thank you for saving us and giving us the promise, through your Holy Spirit, that we can come before you with exuberant and overflowing joy. Your love and grace have not only given us hope but have made us your child. Hear our heart and be blessed by our songs of praise. In the name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (November 20, 2012)
Day: Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Rv 3:1-6, 14-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm: 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
Lectionary: 498
Colour: Green
Scripture: Luke 19:1-10:
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchae'us; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchae'us, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." 6 So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." 8 And Zacchae'us stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." 9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus often dropped-in at unanticipated times and he often visited the uninvited - the poor, the lame, and even public sinners like Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Tax collectors were despised and considered as outcasts, no doubt because they charged too much to people and gathered great wealth at the expense of others. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector and was much despised by all the people. Why would Jesus single him out for the honor of resided at his home? Zacchaeus needed God's merciful love and forgiveness. In his meeting with Jesus he found more than he anticipated for possible. He shows the depth of his regret by deciding to give half of his goods to the poor and to use the other half for making compensation for fraud. Zacchaeus' testimony integrated more than words. His change of heart’s consequence in a change of life, a change that the whole community could practice as genuine. Loving Infant Jesus, come and stay with us. Fill our life with your peace, our home with your presence, and our heart with your praise. Help us to show kindness, mercy, and goodness to all, even to those who cause us animosity or harm.


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