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Bulletin: November 3, 2019

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

“ZACCHAEUS, COME DOWN QUICKLY”

Why do good things happen to bad people?

Does this question strike you as odd? Aren’t we usually struggling with the bad things that happen to good people? True enough, but when good things happen to others, especially those we consider undeserving, it can seem natural to grumble. How do some people always seem to “get away with it,” while we spend our lives trying to act as God would want?

As a tax collector, Zacchaeus cheated and got rich off of his own people. Why does Jesus want to be so nice to him? It’s just not fair!


“TODAY I MUST STAY AT YOUR HOUSE”

This problem of “good things for bad people” can cause as much distress as the problem of bad things happening to good people. Both touch on one of the deepest mysteries of human existence: Is the universe fair? Is God just? This is what is m