DAILY MESSAGE OF SAINT JOSEPH, TRANSMITTED IN THE MARIAN CENTER OF FIGUEIRA, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL, TO THE VISIONARY SISTER LUCÍA DE JESÚS
A soul that had made many mistakes felt itself to be impure and unworthy before God, and facing the sins it committed, it asked the Lord a question, saying: "Lord, I have sinned many times; I have fallen and, instead of standing up, I submerged even more deeply into the abysses of life. Today I stand before You; You called me to sit at the table of redemption. Tell me, Lord, is it possible that a sinner like me will be called by You? How will I be able to take the steps that You need? How will I heal the infidelities and the deepest sins of my being?"
And with eyes of Mercy, the Lord responded: - "What did the leper do to be healed by My Son when he saw Him approach among the multitude? What did the woman with the flow of blood do to be free from the weight of her impurities while, to her despair, she saw My Son walking by? What did Zacchaeus do to be seen and, in spite of all his errors, be worthy of a single Gaze of the Son of God?
The leper, little soul, uncovered himself, and stood humble in the face of the multitude. With his foul smell, with his wounds, with his broken heart and remaining without hope in a world where, for him, there was no salvation, the only solution was to appeal to Christ, dirty, impure, sick, rejected.
The woman with the flow of blood also risked herself among the multitude. She did not want to be humiliated, but knew that the only way of being healed was to appeal to Christ. That time, it was the Lord Himself who made her noticeable, not to humiliate her, but rather to let the world know that to be healed and become clean, it would be necessary to expose the sins and the wounds to God. It is through the doorway of humility that one reaches the Feet of the Creator.
Zacchaeus knew of his bad behavior, he knew of his sins and imperfections, but in his soul, what spoke more loudly was the need for forgiveness. This is why he showed himself and, in front of the multitude, humbled himself, climbed a tree, where everybody could notice that in spite of all his errors, he was there, facing all the judgments and criticisms, simply by the need for being before Christ.