Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“[When it comes to God] We can't run out of second chances...only time.”

Don't think there are no second chances. Life always offers you a SECOND CHANCE... It's called TOMORROW. Nicholas Sparks: (is an American novelist and screenwriter)

Gospel Text: (LK 19:1-10)
At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
"Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house."
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
"He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
"Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over."
And Jesus said to him,
"Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost."

It’s never too late. 

It’s never too late to turn to God because God will come to seek what was lost. Oh, but think of the time we waste, wrapped up in our own selves, feeling superior, feeling greedy, feeling as if someone is getting more than us. We live in fear that we aren’t getting enough and that someone else has more when so many of us have so much more than we will ever need of material possessions. We pull our fear and our insecurity and our disgruntled-ness around us like a blanket, but the blanket won’t keep us warm or safe. The whining of what about me only serves as a trap to pull us away from what we could be. 

In today’s Gospel we have the opposite. Zacchaeus, the short, wealthy tax collector, climbed a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus. Zacchaeus had been lost, but Jesus found him. And there was joy. That joy helped to dissolve all that came before. Zacchaeus was found. He found himself. He promised to throw off that blanket of fear and insecurity and instead sought the more in God. We can all be Zacchaeus, who turned to God with joy. He did hard things. He gave to the poor and corrected the mistakes he had made. We can too. We are all sinners, but it’s never too late. Jesus calls to us as well, to let God into our hearts and our lives. We can answer yes and keep saying yes. 

It’s never too late.

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