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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday of the Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time

"The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost"


Saint John-Mary Vianney (1786-1859), priest, curé of Ars 
Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
"The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost"

Not content with calling us by his grace and providing us with every means for our sanctification, see how Jesus Christ runs after his straying sheep ; see how he goes through town and countryside in search of them and brings them back to the place of his mercy. See how he leaves behind his apostles so as to go and wait for the Samaritan woman beside Jacob’s well, where he knew she would come (Jn 4,6f.)… See him in the house of Simon the Leper: it wasn’t to have a meal there that he went, but he knew a sinful Magdalen would come (Mk 14,3f)… See him follow the road to Capernaum so as to go and find another sinner in his office: this was Saint Matthew; it was to make a zealous apostle of him (Mt 9,9).

Ask him why he takes the road to Jericho : he will tell you there is a man called Zacchaeus who passes for a public sinner and he wants to go to see if he will be able to save him. In order to make a perfect penitent of him, he acts like a good father who has lost his child: he calls him. “Zacchaeus!” he cries, “come down, for it is at your house I must stay today. I am coming to grant you your grace.” As though he were to say: “Zacchaeus, leave this pride and attachment to worldly goods; come down” – that is to say, choose humility and poverty. So as to make it well understood, he said to all those with him: “Salvation has come to this house today.” O my God! How great is your mercy for sinners!...

After everything we’ve seen Jesus Christ to have done to save us, how can we despair of his mercy since his greatest pleasure is to forgive us ? In such a way that, however many our sins are, if we want to forsake them and repent of them, we are sure of our pardon.
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