It’s November—the month that we remember our Saints, our beloved dead, and we get ready to close out the liturgical year. This weekend’s readings engage all of these themes, preparing us for what is to come.
God’s extravagant love for us is on display in this week’s readings. From the first reading to the Gospel, God’s tenderness and mercy are brought in a personal way to Zacchaeus . . . and to all of us.
This is the second week in a row that our readings focus on prayer. Why? Because it’s that important. The readings focus on three aspects of prayer: God’s response to them, God’s faithfulness to us when we call out to God, and the posture that we should take when approaching God—absolute openness and truth.
Persistence is certainly a virtue, but to get there, we have to be on guard against weariness. It’s so easy to become weary—weary in our prayer, in our work, in our daily lives, in the sad and sometimes scary stories that come to us in the news. Today, God gives us three stories about protecting ourselves from becoming weary.
This Sunday features stories of God’s healing power being spent on people who would have been resented by Israelite society (or us), thus demonstrating God’s expansive generosity.