Readings for November 3, 2019
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
There is a saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and it is often followed by “and it’s all small stuff.” Solomon offers a similar thought in the Book of Wisdom, “Before the Lord the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.” Compared to the vastness of the Creator, “it’s all small stuff.”
When Jesus identifies Zacchaeus by name, and then invites himself to dinner at Zacchaeus’ house, the religious leaders are, not surprisingly, upset. Of all those in attendance, Jesus chose the man with “the greatest sin,” the boss of all the tax collectors, with which to dine. How could he do such a thing? But as pointed to in the Book of Wisdom, the sins the Jews see with their human eyes, Jesus sees with the eyes of God. He identifies Zacchaeus’ sins — and my own — as small stuff, a mere “drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.” With the morning sun, the dew will dry off. And with the Savior’s mercy, so too will our sins.
But why is Jesus so quick to recognize us and forgive us? Because, as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is quoted as saying, “Each of us is a result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.” This is Truth: I was intentionally created by God. I am wholly loved by Him. And I am needed to complete His work here on earth. My sin is but a grain from a balance, readily forgiven by a merciful and loving God. His doing so allows me the freedom to cooperate in His sanctifying grace.
Each one of us matters to God.
As does Jesus with Zacchaeus, God doesn’t just invite us to His banquet, He invites Himself to our home; where through His love, our smallness is overcome by His greatness.
O Lord my God, You so loved me that You gave to me Your only begotten Son so that when I believe in him, I may not perish but have eternal life with You. All glory, honor, and praise to You almighty God and Father. Amen