Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Memorial of Saint Albert the Great, bishop and doctor of the Church

(Revelation 3:1-6.14-22; Luke 19:1-10)

St. Albert the Great established a reputation as one of the greatest philosophers of his time.  A true lover of knowledge, he studied everything from tiny plants to the mysteries of creation.  He was the first European to comment extensively on the works of Aristotle.  In his pursuit of knowledge Albert the Great imitates Zacchaeus in today’s gospel.  The publican, said to be “short in stature,” was long on desire to know the Lord.

Zacchaeus climbs a tree just to see Jesus.  When Jesus visits his house, Zacchaeus proves himself his true disciple.  He promises to give half his wealth to the poor and pay back fourfold any extortion he might have perpetrated.  Jesus responds to the demonstration of good will by awarding Zacchaeus “salvation.”  Zacchaeus and his household become sons and daughters of God with eternal life as their destiny.

We too long to see the Lord.  We often miss him in the sacraments, in Scripture, and in the poor because we become distracted with everyday concerns.  Let us take time to meditate on his presence this moment.  We need to leave behind our doubts to welcome him into our souls like Zacchaeus received him into his house.