Tuesday of the 33rd Week
Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22
I bought a new television for my home in GH two weeks ago. I came home excited to plug it in and watch some television. But, quickly, I discovered that gone are the days of plugging in television and watching it.
I texted customer service since, in bold letters, the manual read, “We do not take phone calls!” I prayed, I would get an answer that would help. After not hooking up the television, I left it for this past weekend. In trying again yesterday, my troubles with hooking up the television only worsened. I did not know what I was doing wrong, and I did not know what to do to correct the problem.
Finally, at the end of the day, I called my son-in-law, who, after 45 minutes, got the television to work. Praise be Jesus! Do we know what we are doing wrong and what to do to correct the problem?
In our first reading, the Lord tells two groups of people, “Do you know what we are doing wrong, and what to do to correct the problem? The Lord God says, “You have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. I have not found your works complete in my sight.” Then, to another church, the Lord says, “You are neither cold nor hot but lukewarm, so I spit you out of my mouth.” These words are what we do not want to hear.
In our Gospel story about Zacchaeus, I believe that Zacchaeus has some idea of what he is doing wrong and what he must do to correct the problem. So, as Zacchaeus climbs a tree and sees Jesus, it is a moment of clarity and adoration as he realizes what he has been doing wrong and what he must do to correct the problem.
In the closing two weeks of our Church year, “Do we know what we are doing wrong, and what to do to correct the problem?” As we come to the Eucharist today, may it be a moment of adoration to enlighten us to change to Christ and away from our sinful behavior?