APOCALYPSE 3:1-6, 14-22; PSALM 14; LUKE 19:1-10
In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that his mission is to save those who were lost but, like Zacchaeus, we shall only be saved if we make ourselves available beyond all odds. These odds manifest in different ways; for Zacchaeus it was the crowd but he made himself available by climbing a sycamore tree. For the Churches in Sardis in the first reading it was their lack of perfection while for the Churches in Laodicea it was their lukewarmness. For the rest of us these odds could be materialism, intellectualism, immorality, idolatry, power and pride. Beloved, we must break these walls of limitation if we want to be saved. Salvation is for all but those who make themselves available shall be saved.
Let us pray
O God, by whose gift Saint Elizabeth of Hungary recognized and revered Christ in the poor, grant, through her intercession, that we may serve with unfailing charity the needy and those afflicted. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen