Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zacchaeus being called down from the tree – by James Tissot

For a revised and updated doctrinal homily outline for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here.  The themes are

  • Central Idea: God’s loving goodness.
  • Doctrine: God is love.
  • Practical Application: Divine reading.

As was the case with Zacchaeus, blatant sinners can sometimes make a more dramatic conversion to God than the supposed “righteous.”

  • The sinner has fully committed himself to the good he thinks can be gotten by means of his bad course of action, yet he knows by bitter experience it is not so.
  • On the other hand, those who are trying to be good might have to try to hide even from themselves their own disordered attachments.
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