November 21, 2023, Tuesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time-A THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

2 Maccabees6:18-31

Psalm 3

Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus…was seeking to see who Jesus was; Lk 19:3

Lord, we don’t know what motivated this wealthy, chief tax collector to want to see you.  Maybe he just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Something moved him to run and climb a tree for a better look. What began with curiosity soon became conversion. You invited yourself to his house. At that moment this man’s heart began to change. Your presence in his home developed into your presence in his life. Your words and presence helped him to walk away from his riches and hated occupation. I have to believe that he was restored to the community of his fellow Jews as he made solid and firm changes in his life as he repaid those he had cheated. Lord, come into my home too. Spend time with my family, tell us your stories, play with my children and grandchildren. I offer you whatever needs to be changed in my life.  Heal any selfishness, pride, or patterns of living that offend you. Purify my thoughts, my words, and my actions. Help me to live for you first and to trust that everything else will be given me besides.  Amen