Commentary on the Gospel of
Read: God loves everything He has created and He patiently waits for His children to repent and return to Him. Because everyone belongs to Him and He loves everyone, God corrects and admonishes them. Jesus proves this compassion of God by inviting himself into the house of Zacchaeus, dining with him, and claiming him as a true son of Abraham. Paul prays for the Thessalonians that the Lord Jesus may be glorified through them and that they in turn be glorified through the Lord according to the loving plan of God.
Reflect: God is patient with us. When we digress from His path, He offers gentle corrections and admonitions. How do I respond to God’s correctives? Meeting Jesus may change my life. Knowing it, am I willing to stand apart from the crowd and receive him, like Zacchaeus did? Zacchaeus was willing to examine his soul and make amends for his past failures. How about me? What do I need to do to glorify the Lord Jesus in my life?
Pray: “Lord, in my eagerness to get ahead in life, I have failed to respect the rights of others and caused much pain to my friends and relatives. Please come home to me and help me order my life according to your word so that salvation may come into my life and I too will be counted a true child of Abraham. Amen”
Listen: What will Jesus tell me when he meets me on the road?
Act: Give alms. Share some of your resources with the poor and the needy.
Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF