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‘Gospel Truth’ for November 3, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua. The Gospel episode of the encounter between Jesus and Zaccheaus reveals the transforming power of God's mercy and grace on sinners.

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us the readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Luke 19:1-10.

Listen to our Gospel Reflections

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
"Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house."
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
"He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
"Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over."
And Jesus said to him,
"Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost."

31 October 2019, 16:19