Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
A reading from St. Luke’s Gospel (19:1-10):
[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 to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all 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 is getting warmer here in Prince Edward Island and by Wednesday it should be 7 degrees over zero. Thank you Lord.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord, The Son of God, given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I came into the world to save you all especially you My Brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in the world. See what happened to Zacchaeus when I went to stay at his house one night. He was converted and he repented of all the wrong he had done. I accepted him as a follower of mine when I said that salvation had come to this house.
“I want the conversion of all the people of the world. I send out many graces to all the people hoping that they will open their hearts to receive these graces and their whole life will change. They will come to accept Me as their Savior and leave their dark ways behind. Come My brothers and sisters and listen to My words. Believe in Me and follow Me and you will be united with Me forever. I love you all.”