Daily homily thoughts, 11/21

Today is Grandparent’s Day!  How fitting since we celebrate today the Presentation of Mary, a feast that calls to our attention Jesus’s grandparents.  They brought the three-year-old Mary to the temple to dedicate her to God.  We also hear about Eleazar in our first reading.  He refused to eat pork because there was a rule against it. He left a good example to his grandchildren no doubt.  And then our Gospel. It is the story of Zacchaeus. I remember the first communion bible my grandma gave me. It was in a fancy box. I opened it to a random page as a little second grader, and I turned to this story of Zacchaeus. It was the first bible story I ever read on my own. Our grandparents have much to teach us about following God. And, strangely enough, even though our grandparents often bring us all closer to God, it often happens that the grandchildren bring their grandparents closer to God! How wonderful.