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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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In the Gospel reading, Zacchaeus is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Jesus and would not be deterred from catching a glimpse of the one who, presumably, had been calling to Him in the days and weeks before His arrival in Jericho. Zacchaeus is fully aware of his own unworthiness and most certainly aware of the crowd’s disapproval of him, yet neither of these negative voices from within and without keep him from seeking the Lord. Even his own physical “shortcomings” would not prevent him from seeing and knowing Jesus more intimately! Zacchaeus exhibits an exquisite mix of personal humility and boldness of faith in his desire, words, and actions. He gives the recovering person a perfect model for the disposition required for recovery—the humility of knowing we are powerless and the certainty that faith in God alone will save us.


Reflection Questions

  • What are the voices you come up against in your daily life that conflict with your commitment to recovery? How do you remain faithful to the voice of God in such instances?
  • How does the paradoxical blending of humility and boldness of faith play out in your recovery life?


Daily Mass Readings

First Reading: 2 Maccabees 6:18-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10

Reflection by Mark L.

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