The Tax Collector

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 10/28/2016

in Ordinary Time

Thirty First Sunday of Ordinary Time

”Today salvation is yours.” “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” (Lk 19: 9-10)

Have you ever experienced “being up tree?” Creating this acrostic poem is how I felt this week.

After reading and praying for a week, and I still didn’t have a poem and the deadline is tomorrow! Yep, I felt I was up a tree. I had to keep reminding myself that God would come to the rescue. I guess he is hoping that some lost soul will gain salvation by reflecting on the story of Zacchaeus. Include a prayer for all those living in sin.

The Tax Collector

A tax collector, along with
Crowds, wanted to see and hear
Hoping to catch a glimpse of Jesus, he had to climb a sycamore tree.
Answered was his desire.
Eagerly, and surprised, he hurried down the tree, when called by Jesus.
Utterly provoked, the crowd grumbled, “Jesus eats with sinners!”
Such is the choice of our merciful Savior.

The Sinner is saved. Why?
He repented humbly.
Extortionist, tax collector and sinner

Saw his own sinfulness and repented.
I will give back 4-fold to those I have cheated.
Not only that, I will share my wealth with the poor.
Now, Jesus could say to him, “Today, salvation is yours.” Even now, sinners who are lost can be

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why were tax collectors hated by the Jewish people?
  2. Why was the collector pardoned?
  3. What is needed for transformation like the tax collector?
  4. What might help us not to judge others?,
  5. Where is there a best place for you to get the quiet needed for prayer?
  6. Who is your favorite saint and why is he/she a favorite  of yours?

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Sr. Renetta Graff November 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Who in the crowd did Jesus SEE? The man in the tree?
Thank you for reminding us of that Jesus sees each of us — even in our sinfulness — and asks to spend time with us, anyway.


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