Will you be true? Will you be genuine and sincere? Even if you fail, will you seek the conversion that has no guile? Will you be who you say you are? There are two examples of authenticity in today’s readings. The first is a long life of authenticity, that of Eleazar. Even when given a shortcut, Eleazar remains true. He makes this authentic choice not merely for his own relationship with God, but also with concern for others. What will people make of an old faithful man who appears to turn away from God?
Zaccheus, the man of conversion in the gospel, shows us how authentic a search for God can be even from a sinful life. Zaccheus, in his own conversion, shows us how to convert. We must acknowledge honestly our sinfulness. When we do so, we have this powerful relationship with Jesus. Jesus comes into our hearts because we invite him to forgive our sins and to change our lives.