(Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 30, 2016.

God wants to stay in our house. “Today I must stay in your house” (Luke 19:5). This is what God says to all of humanity. He wants to reinstate his presence (a presence of justice and unity) among us.
God receives two responses from us:
1. A response of acceptance:
“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over” (Luke 19:8). With this answer, justice and vindication come to the world; “… salvation has come to this house” (Luke 19:9). This is the reason God comes to the world.
2. A response of rejection: a response from those who “began to grumble, saying, ‘He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner'” (Luke 19:7). Those who are entrenched in their unjust ways have already established their own “order” (of division and injustice); they reject anybody who brings equality, unity, and justice. The unjust man is interested in imposing his power; and, in order to do so, he is compelled to create a state (“a house”) of deception and lies.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)