Even the classical, frequently remembered Barabbas therobber, freed by Pilate instead of Christ, and who withoutdoubt would kill someone on the way
how can wecompare his crime with the methodical and consciouslymerciless destruction in our days of millions of innocentvictims, with their wives and children "for the good of theState"?Look at Zaccheus the tax gatherer. How quickly he runsto the tree so he can climb it and see the Savior! Howanxious is he to see the Savior! How he rejoices that hehas seen the Savior!The Gospel teaches us not only through its righteousones. It also leads us to repentance, towards God, throughthe images of its sinners, their humanity, their sensitivitytowards the good. Here, they are carrying the costlyalabaster jar with precious ointment and shatter it in order
to anoint the Savior’s body. Here they weep bitterly after
their renunciation. Here they stop on the road, as didSaul, blinded by the heavenly vision. All these thingschange their lives or, judging themselves upon their owncross, they beg the Lord to have mercy upon them.