Infinite Patience

30 Oct 2016 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Infinite Patience

DSC_6716The reading from the Book of Wisdom today reminds us that everything that God has created and sustains is good, and that He is infinitely patient with us, who through our willfulness have introduced evil into His creation.

The message we get from Wisdom is the often repeated one of the need for repentance/changing our ways. And the impression given is that this is seldom an all at once occasion, but rather a gradual transition. This is demonstrated in today’s Gospel story of Zacchaeus, who was loathed by his contemporaries, because the system in place at that time induced tax collectors to be what we would call “shake down” artists. They were like franchisees, in that after they had collected whatever quota the state required, they were allowed to keep any excess they could squeeze, with the muscle of the state behind them, out of the populace.

Thus they were readily considered sinners. Yet in this case Zacchaeus somehow was open to the truth that there were more important things in life than greed. He pursued the opportunity to see Jesus, (not just His physical appearance). In return Jesus made Himself Zacchaeus’ guest. And this led to Zacchaeus offering restitution. Jesus concludes the story by pointing out that Zacchaeus’ changing his ways, which must have started gradually with the desire to see Jesus, whatever it took, is the reason why Our Lord came among us in the first place.

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