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'...And To Save The Lost"

     Mysteriously, last year during the last three weeks of school I had lost a binder that held notes for two classes. Ironically enough, the binder I lost was for a class on how to stay organized.  I looked and looked all around for it-never found it. I prayed to St. Anthony many times-never found it.It was surly a goner. During the summer I never really forgot about the binder, it sat in the back of my mind.

     When school started again in September, I had let it go, that I would never again have those notes, and I forgot about. Out of the blue, however, on the third week back to school I was called to the office. Someone, that day, had found my binder and brought it to the office! Just like that. IT survived the three weeks gone, and then the two months away during the summer. WOW


     At the end of  this weekends gospel, Jesus shares with us a line that hasn't left my mind, "For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost." Jesus often refers to himself, and made with some inferences, has the seeker; the searcher. Like in the story of the Lost sheep. We put Jesus in the role of the Shepherd. But in this context, from the weekends Gospel, what is lost?

     Our souls. In this line, Jesus talks not only about Zacchaeus but about us. Firs, lets look at Zacchaeus.  Zacchaeus is wealthy, rich, and is set for life how is he lost? He is lost because he has made money is idol. He has focused on the wealth and not on his Faith. Back then, Tax collectors would bid for the tax. Whoever bid the highest tax 'rate' would be chosen to collect the tax. So, Zacchaeus bid the most, now needs to find a way to get that much from people, and try to make a living. He was well off. He most likely had people doing it for him while he was at home drinking the best wine and eating the best food.

     Zacchaeus was lost because he was focused on money. He focused not on what God wants him to focus on. Marvelously, he realizes his mistakes when he talks with Jesus. He was found. He was saved from the evilness of his loss. Although Zacchaeus was focused on money,  how are we lost?

     What have we surrounded our selves with, that have blurred our vision from Christ? In what ways must we be saved? How are we lost? What is it that exists in our life that distracts us from being found?

     This rode to becoming found, alive, again is a two-way road. Firstly, we must recognize our idol, the item or thing that makes us lost. and Secondly, we must know that we are found in Christ. These two things, are essential to being found.

     Jesus will welcome us all, just as he welcomed Zacchaeus. He accepted him and forgave him. After a chat, Zacchaeus had repent. It was in the Joy and being in the presences of Jesus that called him to repent. Just like the Shepherd, we will be welcomed back greatly! It is through Christ that we are forgiven, and that we start a new life!

    For two months and 3 weeks I though my binder was a gone forever. Gladly, it isn't. It was found. And same can we through Christ. Zacchaeus was lost; blinded by his wealth and his trickery. When he saw Jesus he repented, and promised to repay more than he ever took. Do we confess that we are now lost? Do we look for Christ? The Lord will welcome us back, like he welcomed the  worst person in the crowd-Zaccaeus. So let us go, and make our self found!









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