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Luke 19:5-6 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.
Perhaps this relentless persistence is why these stories appeal so much to Luke, who we remember as a good physician and writer. As a doctor, he is acutely aware of mortality and the brevity of life. He likely appreciates patients who, facing earthly limitations, do all they can to participate in their own spiritual and physical healings.
Jesus turns his face toward Jerusalem in Luke 19, and the sand in the hourglass of his earthly life begins to run thin. Soon the possibility of seeing him alive or being healed by his physical touch will run out. Both Zacchaeus and the once-blind man could have stayed home, giving into indifference or despair. But neither of them does this—and neither should we.
MOVING FORWARD: What is one way you can participate in your own spiritual or physical wellness? Do you need to add a new exercise to your workouts?
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 19:1-27
Today the Church remembers Saint Joseph.