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Are we like Zacchaeus?

posted Nov 1, 2016, 3:27 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 3:28 PM ]
This summer, pilgrims in Poland heard Pope Francis’s encouraging words during the World Youth Day concluding Mass as he outlined three modern challenges of faith that Zacchaeus also encountered in today’s Gospel story: self-doubt, shame, and public opposition.

Zacchaeus didn’t believe he was worthy of receiving God’s mercy and love. Pope Francis explains “God loves us the way we are, and no sin, fault or mistake of ours makes him change his mind.” Zacchaeus ignored his pride and risked his reputation by climbing a tree to encounter Jesus. “When it comes to Jesus, we cannot sit around waiting with arms folded; he offers us life. We can’t respond by thinking about it or ‘texting’ a few words.” Lastly, Pope Francis advocated when faced with opposition, we must not become discouraged. “Don’t stop at the surface of things. Instead, ‘download’ the best ‘link’ of all, that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary.”

Are these the three obstacles preventing us from participating more in music ministry, or even hindering our singing at Mass? I constantly hear people tell me their voice isn’t “good enough” to sing out. Pope Francis explains that failing to recognize our worth “is like walking away when God wants to look at me" or hear me! Be like Zacchaeus! “He mastered his shame, because the attraction of Jesus was more powerful.” Take a risk and make the time to join our choir, or our bell choir — cuori BELLissimi!, or our Resurrection Choir! Don’t be afraid or put it off! God has unfailing hope in our potential and is always “cheering us on.”