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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 
1st Reading: Wisdom 11:22-12:2 
Resp. Psalm Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14
2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:22
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 

The first reading reminds us how insignificant we are compared to God. But since Jesus died for us we are precious. God wants to give us time to repent and He does. It says so in the Scriptures. We hear this during Advent. But He will not give us all the time we may want. This is why we need to be patient with ourselves and with each other. As long as we are working on ourselves and are trying to let God have His way more and more in our lives it will go well.

It is usually difficult to repent and to become a better person who tries to make amends. This is the lot of Zacchaeus. There are times when the people around us be it family, friends or coworkers that can make it harder. Whenever someone changes for the better not just the devil gets involved to railroad the good process, so do so-called well-meaning people. It upsets the flow of life as it is known and we all can have a hard time changing. 

We shouldn't be like the older brother in the prodigal son parable. People get used to their roles within their own communities even if they don't like them. But change must come in our lives because God is dynamic. All the changes He asks us to undergo are ordered towards eternal life.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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