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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

October 30, 2016

 

Gospel: Lk 19:1-10
 
At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature (1). So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted (2) anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham (3). For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
 
http://www.usccb.org
 
The difficult words
 
(1)Stature means height.
(2)To extort means to cheat, to take advantage of someone.
(3)Jesus calls Zacchaeus a descendant of Abraham because Zacchaeus has come to have faith as Abraham did.
 
This week’s spotlight
 
The opening prayer
 
Though the many people at Mass are very different, they love the same God, who gathers them as his Church. After the Gloria and before the first reading, the opening prayer helps us to form a true assembly, a community of believers united in prayer. The opening prayer often expresses the central theme of that Sunday's liturgy.
 
To be in communion through the Eucharist
 
In the Eucharist, God does something amazing. Though we are many, he forms a "holy communion” between us. When we receive together the same body and blood of Christ, the divisions caused by sin melt away. We cannot help but share the same divine life of grace. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God fills our hearts with the desire to live in the love that leads to eternal life.
 
Reflection
 
Discussion questions
 
1. Who was Zacchaeus?
2. Why was Zacchaeus up in a tree?
3.How did the crowd react when Jesus told Zacchaeus that he was going to stay at his house?
4.What did Zacchaeus tell Jesus?
5. What message did Jesus teach us today?
 
Praying after Communion
 
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. You are always calling  me and inviting me to come to you. Help me to rejoice in your forgiveness and love.
 
This week…
 
Jesus comes to meet you
 
Jesus comes to meet you in the Eucharist, in his word, and also through the loving acts of other people. When you’re going to bed each night this week, think about the kind words or loving acts that you received from other people. Thank Jesus for coming to meet you!
 
Go to meet Jesus
 
When you help someone, you are putting yourself at the service of Jesus Christ. Each morning, decide to make yourself available for somebody. You can help a friend with his homework, play with the new child in the class, visit a neighbor who is sick...
 
Crossword Puzzle
 
 

Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm
 

 

 

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