Sunday 30 October 2022
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 11:22 – 12:2. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God – Psalm 144(145):1-2, 8-11, 13-14. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 2:2. Luke 19:1-10.
Time to come back to earth
We all have Zacchaeus moments, times when we are called to get out of our tree and come back down to earth. There is a story of an ancient Greek philosopher called Diogenes, who lived in poverty so he could devote himself to thinking. It is said that Alexander the Great rather patronisingly asked if he could help the man. Diogenes replied ‘Yes, get out of my light.’ I am sure that was a Zacchaeus moment for Alexander. We think we can run ahead of the crowd and get the best vantage point. We might think we are smarter or wiser or more experienced than people we consider below us. In the second reading, there is a hint that some people in Thessalonika are big noting themselves by saying they know when Jesus is returning. God calls our bluff. ‘You love all that exists,’ the first reading reminds us. Perhaps we should try the same approach.