Zachaeus΄s sycarome in Jericho

The Zacchaeus tree in Jericho. Image via Wikipedia

Mission in Scripture


October 31, 2010

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wisdom 11:22-12:2 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10

Who can tell what might provoke a spirit of conversion in someone? Jesus was certainly well known by the time he got to Jericho. That’s evidenced by the fact that a large crowd had gathered to see him. Even the local tax collector, Zacchaeus, was interested in this famous man. When Jesus looked up and spoke to him, Zacchaeus responded with a change of heart. As we develop a missionary spirit, we become more aware that each moment of our life has the potential to spread the Good News. It might be a kind word, a generous act, a patient response which opens another’s heart to the message of Christ. We don’t have to look up in a tree to find someone who can be touched by the Gospel. Zacchaeus is around us every day. 

Suggested Mission Activity: Be attentive today to the ways your actions can promote or hinder the proclamation of the Good News.