Homilies: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5 pm Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Wisdom 11:22 – 12:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 2:2; Luke 19:1-10.

“When he looks at Zacchaeus, Jesus does not see a tax collector or a public sinner or someone worthy of being shunned; Jesus looks at Zacchaeus with the eyes of love, and gazes on that which God has created in God’s own image. It is the look of love that calls Zacchaeus to conversion. We are called, too, to love at others and see them as God sees them – worthy of love for no other reason than they have been created in God’s own image. That is the call to conversion we receive when God looks upon us with the eyes of love.”