November 3, 2013 Reflection

One of the most poignant details in the story of

Zaccheus is the moment his newfound joy at welcoming the

Lord to his house is possibly jeopardized by the judgmental

grumbling of the crowd. We can imagine his panic, fearing

perhaps that when Jesus hears the grumbling he will change

his mind. He fervently promises to amend his ways to convince

the Lord, not realizing that Jesus Christ reaches out to

us because of pure grace. We cannot earn a visit from

Christ. Yet we can rest assured that he does come to us,

even if we are as unworthy as Zaccheus. Negative comments

will not change God’s enduring love for us, a love

that reaches out to us even in our darkest, lowest moments.