August 9, 2022     2:57 pm
61. Week of Third Sunday after Epiphany - Thursday
          The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.   Luke 19:10
          Our Lord, when on His way to Jerusalem, where He was to suffer and die, passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, the chief among the publicans, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was; but he could not for the crowd, because he was a short man. And he climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus; for He was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up, and saw him, and said to him: "Zacchaeus make haste and come down; for today I must stay at your house." And he made haste, and came down and received Him joyfully. - What a blessed hour that must have been for Zacchaeus! - But when the people saw it they all murmured, saying: "He has gone to be a guest with a man that is a sinner." And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord: "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore to him fourfold." Thus Zacchaeus proved his faith in the Saviour. And Jesus said to him: "This day salvation has come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:1-10.)
          Such is the grace of God in Christ Jesus: the Father draws poor sinners to Jesus through their hearing of Him. Jesus receives poor sinners most kindly, and continues to manifest Himself to them as their Saviour and Redeemer. Through the Holy Spirit the poor sinners rejoice in their faith and begin to lead a new life; they are true sons of Abraham, the father of believers. And in such grace God will not be restricted by the enormity of the sins. For the Father has sent the Son, and the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, I rest on Your grace, O Heavenly Father, always draw me to Your Son, my Saviour. O Jesus, always receive me kindly and give me Your salvation. O Holy Spirit, always make me rejoice in my faith and create a new heart within me. O God, let me never fear nor faint in such faith and trust in You, never let me doubt nor waver, never let me be deceived nor led astray from this faith. Grant that I may steadfastly trust in Your grace, that I may obtain the end of my faith promised me by Your grace, my soul's salvation, for Christ's sake. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:57 pm