The first reading from the Book of Wisdom is a beautiful reflection on how our divine Creator is intimately involved with every aspect of his creation: “Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.” The Creator loves all that he has created and is rich in mercy to all who have sinned. God’s whole desire is not to condemn the sinner but to gradually draw him/her to repentance. God’s mercy extends to all.
Our second reading for the next three Sundays will be from Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians. Paul urges them not to be preoccupied with the Day of the Lord’s Coming, but to strive by cooperating with God’s grace to be “worthy of their calling,” which would be the best way to prepare themselves for that Day. In other words, the best way to be prepared for Christ’s future coming is on abiding faith, vibrant love, participation in Christ’s death and Resurrection in the present, and being conformed to him.
The Gospel Reading is from the Gospel of St. Luke. By climbing up the tree to get a glimpse of Jesus, Zacchaeus -the Jewish tax collector- is running the risk of becoming the laughing stock of the town. But he wants very much to see this man Jesus who, he has heard, “ate with sinners and tax collectors.” The more important point here is that Jesus will go out of His way to find those who are sincerely looking for Him. We do not have to climb trees or do heroic things. We just need to open our heart and mind and invite Him in.