November 3, 2019

You overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made. You spare all things, because they are yours, O Lord and Lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things! Wisdom 11:24, 26.

These three days have made for a long weekend. A triduum inviting us to reflect on end times. All hallows eve, or Halloween, the vigil of the Solemnity of All Saints, draws us into the heavenly realm to share the communion of the saints. Followed with the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed with a liturgy that reaches beyond the poor souls in purgatory with words of hope, “The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them” (Wisdom 3:1).

It is the will of the Father for the Son not to lose anything; not even the tax collector called down from the tree where he is found. Beautiful scriptures linked together over three days from the Beatitudes; to the proof of God’s love for us while still sinners Christ died for us; to the personal face-to-face encounter with Zacchaeus.

Jesus surprises this little fellow calling him by name and inviting him to his home. Notice the contrast of Zacchaeus’ joy and the people’s grumbling. As a tax collector by profession he had been excluded by his neighbors and shunned. Jesus removes his excommunication without delay. Today salvation has come to this house; this son of Abraham encounters the mercy of God in the love Jesus shows to him.

From a tree or from a cross being lifted up gives a new perspective on the world we live in. Take time to climb above your pettiness and grumbling. You’re no saint either, while knowing your call to strive for holiness. Look around and you will find a lost soul that needs your attention and kindness. Take your clue from the Lord and Lover of souls.

Let us pray:

Lord, you have come to seek and save what is in danger of being lost. Come and honor our homes with your presence and forgiveness. Bring us joy that comes from reconciliation and restitution. Help us see the world as you saw it from your place on the Cross. Amen.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


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