Sometimes you have to struggle to a new height, away from the crowded ground level, to gain new vision.
Season after Pentecost | 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Habakkuk 1:1-4 and 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; (Isaiah 1:10-18; Psalm 32:1-7;) 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus's daily life as a tax collector was reduced to the symptoms of his society's sickness.
The gospel reading for October 31 comes toward the end of what most Lucan scholars call Luke's travel narrative. It begins ten chapters earlier at 9:51, where Luke tells us, "When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem." One would expect to follow Jesus' progress on a map—but the coordinates make no geographical sense.