The gospel today is about a tax collector called Zaccheus. He was very rich. When Jesus went to Jericho, he was curious and he wanted to see what Jesus was like. He was very short so he had to climb a sycamore tree to see Jesus. Everybody was surprised to see that Jesus came up to him and said that he wanted to go to Zaccheus’ house. Then, the other people were angry because they thought that Zaccheus was a bad man and Jesus shouldn’t go to him. But, he said that he gave half of what he owns is given to the poor and that he repays the people he has cheated with four times as much.
I suppose the gospel is trying to communicate to us that it’s okay to be rich. We just have to be committed to God and follow what He is trying to teach us. We have to give back at least some of what we have been given. After all, it is through His grace that we actually have nice stuff to begin with. Zaccheus may be a sinner, he recognizes and acknowledges that as a fact. But, he does many good things too. He shares his blessings to the less fortunate and he always repays the people he has wronged. The best thing about him is that even if he actually is a sinner, and all the people around him hate him, he is still devoted to God. I think we should all follow his example.
-Kathrine Lorenzena N. Saniel