Audio Readings November 20, 2012 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22;Psalm 15:2-5; Luke 19:1-10

“If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

How about a return to simplic­ity? In this letter to the believers in Laodicea, Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20). He then encour­ages them to do nothing more than open the door. That’s a lot easier than a call to discipleship or a call to go out on mission. There’s no real sacrifice yet, no dying to self. Just open the door. Why? Because Jesus wants to be with them. All of that other stuff will come in his tim­ing, but for now, just open the door.

Sometimes we can get a lit­tle mixed up in how we approach Jesus. We think that we have to get ourselves cleaned up before he can even speak with us, let alone “dine” with us! We think that we need to be as close to perfect as possible if we want to enjoy a relationship with him. The trouble is, we typically come up short. If this describes the way you think, you should meet Zacchaeus!

Zacchaeus is probably best known today for his diminutive stature. But in his own time, he was probably best known for his reputation—which wasn’t squeaky clean. A tax collector working for the Romans, he was known to extort money from his fellow Jews. But that didn’t matter to Jesus. He walked right up to Zacchaeus and invited himself over for dinner. Zac­chaeus not only gladly accepted the invitation, he was so touched that he vowed to give away half his money and right his wrongs. Jesus knocked, Zacchaeus opened the door, and they dined together—in more ways than one!

Believe it or not, Jesus wants to dine with you. He’s knocking on the door of your heart right now. He wants you to know that his mercy and grace are a lot bigger than your sin. So go ahead and open the door today!

“Jesus, I believe, help my unbelief! I know I am unworthy, but I trust that you can heal me. Come into my heart today, Lord. I want to share my life with you.” ~WAU





About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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