Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Festinans descende (Lk. 19:5)


When Zacchaeus heard that Jesus would be passing his area, he climbed a tree to see Jesus.  

Dear brothers and sisters, In our life, what kind of tree that we use to see Jesus? 

When Jesus saw Zacchaeus on the tree, he ordered: “come down”. 

What kind of tree in our life is that we have to come down? 

Sometimes, we wrongly choose the tree to climb in order to see Jesus. We rely on the treasures or power to find Jesus. Often, we are falling down because of our arrogant attitude. We think that Jesus belongs only to us or that we can control Jesus. 

But, today, Jesus says, come down and change your arrogant behavior. 

The special tree that you have to choose is your cross. The cross teaches you about humility. You are not only bearing it but you have to be hung on the cross like Jesus. To be a Christian means to choose the radical way.

What is our response to Jesus’ invitation? May he make us come down from the tree of arrogance and choose the way of humility.

By Fr. Aris Mada, SVD.

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