In the gospel reading today a man named Zacchaeus “was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because he was short of stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus.” Zacchaeus reminds me to do whatever is necessary to find Jesus. Sometimes there may be obstacles, and like Zacchaeus, I must climb those obstacles if I want to see and find Jesus. The important point is a strong determination to encounter Jesus. If this strong desire exists, I will conquer the obstacles that block my way. If that strong desire isn’t present, those obstacles bring an end to my journey.
As St. Paul states in the second reading: “may God make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith, that the name of the Lord Jesus may be glorified in you.”
This is my prayer for all of us, myself included. May God grant us the grace to fulfill every good purpose and make us worthy of His calling. May we give our lives entirely over to Jesus who gave His life totally for each one of us. With a strong desire for Jesus we can overcome whatever obstacles stand in our way, and like Zacchaeus, have a life-changing encounter. Peace.