The Story of Zacchaeus is more than simply the story of a Tax Collector who climbed a tree; and more than a simple conversion story. Zacchaeus gives a great example of how we should respond to criticism from people who oppose us
Everyone has heard of the story of the Jesus Curing the Ten Lepers and of the One Leper who returned to give thanks. What, however, do we make of the other nine who did not return to Jesus. Are they ungrateful for the grace of God’s cure, or were they obedient to the command of Jesus? Why, exactly, did the one return to Jesus and give thanks? What kind of example do all Ten Lepers give us?
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is about a forgiving Father with TWO Sons. Each of which takes up half of the Parable. But on which Son was Jesus focusing the point of his Parable and where are the clues to this in the passage?
Fr. Bill offers in his Sunday Homily a different take on who the real focus of the Parable is and the implications it has not only for those to whom Jesus directed the Parable, but for us who hear it again and again in the modern world.