Tuesday 18th November – Tuesday of week 33 of the year
Reflection: Luke 19: 1-10
RESPOND TO HIS PROMPTING
Are there times the thought of prayer comes to your mind? Are there moments you think of a need to study your Bible, attend Mass or the Sacrament of reconciliation? Zacchaeus found himself in a similar situation in today’s gospel reading. He had heard all about Jesus from his friends, neighbours and co-workers in whom Jesus seemed to have special interest and he longed to see “what kind of man Jesus was”. But just as we experience limitations that seem to provide us an excuse not to pray, study scripture or go to Mass or confession, so did Zacchaeus. He had a limitation – he was too short to see Jesus who was often accompanied by large crowds.
Dear friends, what are the limitations you experience? Is it the desire for extra sleep, laziness, a feeling of unworthiness or even being “too busy” that holds us back from responding to these promptings placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit? Each time we experience these promptings, Jesus is already waiting for us. It is His desire to encounter us, His longing to “stay at our homes” like He did for Zacchaeus that He communicates to us in our hearts at those moments.
Let us, like Zacchaeus rise above whatever holds us back. Let us make efforts to run ahead, climb above every limitation and position ourselves where Christ desires to meet us. We will be surprised that He longs to stay with us even much more than we can ever imagine. He longs to dine with us, give Himself to us in the Eucharist, meet our needs and extend His forgiveness and peace to us. Do not put off the divine prompting my friend. Run ahead, climb higher and meet your Lord!
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your great love for me. Please strengthen me to overcome all that seeks to draw me back and help me to experience your presence and love in prayer and in your word. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2561 – “If you knew the gift of God!” the wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is He who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirst; his asking arises from the depth of God’s desire for us. …prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.
HIDE A TREASURE: “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Apocalypse 3: 1-6, 14-22; Psalm 15: 2-5; Luke 19: 1-10