WEIGHT OF WORLDLY AFFAIRS (Zaccheus)
who were called by the Lord obeyed his summons at once: provided love of
earthly things did not weigh them down. For the world and the things of the
world are a weight upon the mind and understanding. And for those attached
to them, the following of Christ is near impossible.
lovers of the world are chained down by their love of the world so that they
behave like dead souls. God says 'do this' and 'do that' but they do not
detached from the world are free and alive; God says 'do this' and 'do that'
and they obey immediately the Divine Voice. Christ called Zacchaeus from the
sycamore tree and got immediate obedience. And Zacchaeus offered half of his
hard-earned possessions to the poor even without Christ asking for it. Why,
this is obedience even before the command is given. What freedom!
could Zacchaeus do all these even before meeting Christ? He was detached
from his worldly possessions even if these were hard-earned. He had no love
for the world and the things of the world. . .unlike the young rich man.
a man is detached from the world and the things of the world, God bestows on
him the gift of faith. This faith always makes a public act of renunciation
as in the giving of half of his possessions to the poor and returning
fourfold what he had obtained by fraud.
this faith is present in the soul, the soul desires only one possession,
God. It refuses to own anything else besides Him. Faith sets no store by
possessions of any kind, apart from God, its one lasting possession. Faith
is given to us so that we may find God and possess nothing but Him. This way
we recognize that everything that exists is harmful to us apart from Him.