Recording Failed – In today’s Gospel Our Lord brings salvation to Zacheus of Jericho. Fr. Bonaventure preaches on how Jericho is a symbol of sinfulness that has been conquered by Christ’s presence. This place was one of the most ancient cities in the world and was the lowest place below sea level that is inhabited by man and so is a symbol of Hell. The citizens were devotees of the lunar deities and practiced the associated vices, ones that would cause people to loose their mind, becoming literally lunatics. He connects this with the culture of modern decadent cities using Chapter 2 of the Book of Wisdom and how Christ is needed just as before for bringing the Kingdom of God to these bastions of Satan.
Ave Maria! 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Mass: OF, – Readings:
1st: wis 11:22-12:1
Resp: psa 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14
2nd: 2th 1:11-2:2
Gsp: luk 19:1-10