“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” The importance of this line for the Gospel cannot be emphasized enough. Jesus stated many times that He came to earth not to seek out the righteous but to reach out to the sinners and redeem them and thank God for that! We all recognize ourselves as sinners before God and we all realize that we are in need of redemption and healing. It is such a comfort to know that God has provided very well for us in our brokenness. The Church, the body of Christ, that was started by our Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit stands as our home of healing, forgiveness and comfort to all who are in need. The Church provides us with the sacraments, which in turn, provides us with the loving touch of God in our lives. Through the sacraments we receive the Holy Spirit, God dwelling within us and giving us the gifts that we require to live brave and true Christian lives. The sacraments provide us with the graces that we require to weather the storms that we traverse in our daily lives. The sacraments also provide us with the tender forgiveness of God which allows us to be free of the burden of our past sins and to live joy filled lives even in the face of dark times. We do not have, like Zacchaeus, to go climbing trees in order to catch a glimpse of our Lord and Savior, we have Him in our everyday lives right here in our community, in the Eucharist, in our priests who stand “in persona Christi” in the sacraments and in the face and heart of our fellow man who reaches out to us in our need. God has indeed provided richly for us lost ones and through His Church we have the means to respond to this great gift of salvation!
Your servant in Christ