From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 15, 2011
Senior, Theology Major,
Health Administration and Policy Minor
Both readings hold the same action: selflessness in the presence of the Lord. In the first reading, Elezar, a scribe and man of noble appearance, has the chance to escape the death penalty in pretending to eat the meat of sacrifice that the king prescribes. But he refuses; it is against his beliefs and his loyalty to the Lord.
Elezar is brave, selflessly putting the wishes of God before his own, while at the same time sacrificing his life. In this way, he has become a martyr; he has died for his faith. Before his death, he courageously says, “‘I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging, but also suffering it with joy in my soul because of my devotion to him’” (2 Mc 6:25-27). This is ultimate faith and devotion to the Lord: standing up for what we believe in, through selflessness and understanding of the truth.
In the second reading, Jesus, the ultimate model of selflessness, encounters Zacchaeus. This man is a wealthy tax collector, a marginalized fellow; tax collectors were not the most popular in the eyes of the people, as could be imagined. But Jesus, in seeing this man, internally calling for help, reaches out his hand and says, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house’” (Luke 19:10-11).
Now let us ask ourselves, would we stand up for what we believed in, inspired by our faith?
Would we open our home to a man, woman, or child in need of love and care, marginalized from society?
Are we afraid to do these two actions?
When we speak the Responsorial Psalm, we ask for no more fear. The Lord gives us hope and strength. The Lord upholds us through all adversaries and struggles.
Do not be afraid, for the Lord is here. By acting upon our faith, we will be upheld by the Lord.
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