One-Minute Homily: “Zacchaeus and Trees to Jesus”

A tree helped Zacchaeus encounter Jesus. Who are the trees in your life that help you do the same? Uli Covarrubias, SJ, reflects in this week’s One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, November 3.

What does a tree have in common with a disciple?

More than we might expect.

Hi, I’m Uli Covarrubias, and this is my one-minute reflection.

I was talking to a fellow Jesuit who told me about a prayerful experience he had once while walking through the woods. Looking up he thought:

“Trees are strong. They offer shelter and protection. They weather winds and storms and through it all, become stronger and more rooted in their life-giving source.”

“I want to be like those trees,” he said.

The story of Zacchaeus shows us that trees can also facilitate an encounter with Jesus.

From its very beginning, the Church has relied on disciples to hand down the faith, and like the tree in today’s gospel, to help others to see Christ.

We stand on the shoulders, or if you will, the branches of giants, holy men and women who, often through adversity have stood strong and rooted in a faith that is life-giving, a faith that offers us a way to see Christ.

As we gratefully remember those who have served as trees in our faith-life, perhaps we can pray that we might too be like trees for those who are still awaiting an encounter.

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