November 21, Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Daily Readings: 2 Maccabees 6:18-31; Luke 19:1-10
Today's readings present two men who serve as excellent role models, though for very different reasons. Eleazar is a community leader, respected by all. He is offered a chance to fake a sacrifice to the Greek gods and avoid torture and martyrdom, but he refuses so that he will not lead others astray. Zacchaeus, on the other hand, is an outcast, a tax collector known for collecting more than his due. After encountering Jesus, by climbing a tree along Jesus' path, Zacchaeus changes his life and decides to lie justly, giving back more than he has taken.
Most of us are a mixture of Eleazar and Zacchaeus. We do many good things and have earned the respect of our friends and neighbors. But we also have flaws, sinful behaviors for which we need to repent. We too need conversion so that people will not be led astray by our actions. May we have the courage of Eleazar and the humility of Zacchaeus.
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