Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Because of the Crowd.Tuesday 33rd Week Ordinary Time


Breakfast with the Word Tuesday 33rd Week Ordinary Time of the year B


Luke 19:1-10




The story of Zacchaeus is one of those chapters in the gospel that is full of many interpretations. Reading through the gospel today, I was struck by that little phrase “because of the crowd”.


A crowd is a group of people who are fully gathered in a particular place, restricting people to move around or move through. Because of the crowd, Zacchaeus tried to see Jesus but could not, until he climbed the tree to see Him.


The crowd then can be interpreted as that which restricts us from moving forward. It can also be seen as people’s public opinion about who you are.


This is moving around with a group of people and accepting whatever people say about you. One thing with the crowd is that it must limit our movement or space.


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In the Gospel


As Jesus approaches Jericho, A wealthy and senior tax collector known as Zacchaeus comes out to see Jesus. Maybe He has been hearing about Him but because of the crowd and His dwarf nature, He was not able to see Jesus.


Zacchaeus has to climb the sycamore tree only to have a glimpse of who Jesus is. This single effort from Zacchaeus not only attracted the attention of Jesus but made Jesus visit His home and thus changed the life of Zacchaeus.


In the Midst of the Crowd


Because of the crowd, Herod made a promise he never wanted to make and killed John the baptist. It is because of them, the woman with the issue of blood finds it hard to touch Jesus (Matthew 9:20-22). The same crowd was shouting down the beggar yesterday (Luke 18:35-43) 



Sometimes because of what people would say, think or do, we hide who we are. Because of the crowd, many today are afraid to come out of their comfort zone.


The crowd today even would have prevented Jesus from going to the house of Zacchaeus. They were murmuring already. But today, the crowd did not stop Zacchaeus from seeing Jesus. They did not stop Jesus from going to the house of Zacchaeus.


The crowd did not stop the woman with the issue of the blood to touch Jesus. Yesterday the beggar had to shout despite the crowd’s intimidation.


In the midst of the crowd, we always limit ourselves. Because of what people will say if you are close to God, you have tried to live according to the dictates of the time and hence lose your relationship with God. You don’t want anyone to tag you “Holy”, “Onye Bible’, “Church lady”.



Because of the crowd, you find it hard to show the gifts God blesses you with. You are afraid, they will attack, criticize, and laugh at you.



So, we think the best is to hide and live in our comfort zone. Even when they try to talk you down, you begin to think that it is good to stop because you don’t want to be criticized.


Climb the Tree


There are times we need to move out of the crowd to get to our destined positions in life. Zacchaeus has to climb the tree.



The woman with the issue of blood has to force herself through while the beggar has to shout. You need to continue to make efforts.



Only one single effort can change your life. Zacchaeus’ efforts brought salvation to the family. What if He didn’t climb the tree? Can such an opportunity come? We need to climb our own tree.



We need to act. If we listen or follow the crowd, what the crowd can do is to restrict your movement. If you have any worthwhile effort, please do it. Salvation may come from it.


May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to live a good life. May every single effort we make pave way for our salvation. Amen


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  1. Mary Rose says

    Thank you Fr Sanctus Mario.
    TO HIM be all the Glory.

  2. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  3. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen and amen

  4. Helen says

    Amen! Thank you Padre 🙏

  5. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Remain blessed Father

  6. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


  7. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Thank you Padre

  8. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen!. Thanks & God bless you too Fr.

  9. UGWU CHIOMA says

    Amen and may God continue to bless you Fr and give you the inspiration to guide his children in the right part through Christ our Lord amen

  10. Ozoekwem Ifunanya says

    Lord please help me not to be influenced negatively by the crowd in Jesus name. Amen

  11. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    Amen, O Lord give me the grace to live a good life.
    Thank you Fr, I like this your breakfast . may God reward you abundantly in Jesus name Amen

    1. Sanctus Mario says


      1. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

        Amen. Remain blessed Padre..

    2. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says


    3. Amalu Gloria says

      Amen and Amen, may almighty God help us to be what we are and not allowed cloud to stop from doing good. Fr thanks so much for this reflection.

  12. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr. Good morning

    1. Prisca Nwachukwu says

      Amen. God please may u never allow crowd to stop me from following u and may I find u when I need u most. Amen. Thank you fr. For the works of God u are doing.

    2. Chisom Egwudike says


  13. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

    1. Uchechukwu Egbo says

      Amen 🙏, Lord please show me Mercy 🙏 that I will be persistent in all that will glorify you 🙏 . Thank you fr and remain blessed 🙏

    2. Josephine Martins says

      The reflection was very inspiring and thank you father.

  14. Ogechi Anugwom says


    1. Nwatu Nneka P says

      Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen and Amen.
      May ALMIGHTY GOD IN HIS INFINITE MERCY push us always above THE CROWD.

    2. Carmela U. E. says

      Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you too Fr.

  15. Blessing Ugwuanyi says


    1. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

      Amen thanks Padre May God continue to bless and strengthen you

  16. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. May the Lord continue to perfect His will in our lives and grant us the grace to always do what is right. Amen
    Thank you Padre for the work you do for the Lord, may He bless and reward you accordingly. Amen

  17. Agu calista says

    Amen and Amen🙏 thank you Fr God bless you and fill you with more wisdom

  18. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!!

  19. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏
    Thank you Lord for this wonderful words you have given us through your servant, May you oh Lord inspire him with more, so he can continue to touch more lives through Christ our Lord… Amen 👏.

  20. Eneh Chioma Maureen says

    God please help me to come of my comfort zone to do want will take me to my destiny. Please help me to climb the tree of truth to encounter you with my whole heart and for you to visit my home all this we ask through Christ our Lord Amen.

  21. Okonkwo onyinye says


  22. Nkoli Nora Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn Amennnnnnn. Thank you Padre

  23. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen. O Lord please give me the grace to follow you till the end and may my efforts in doing your will never be in vain

  24. GeraldineMary says

    Oh Lord please give me way to climb my own tree, so I can reach my my own destination 🙏

  25. Omeje Ifebuche says


  26. Anyanwu Rosetta says


  27. Jane chuks says

    Ameeeeeeeeen 🙏
    Lord help us to come out of our comfort zone
    Amen 🙌

  28. Christian says

    Amen, Thank you father for the love u have for ur children.

  29. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen and God’s blessing be upon u Padre for this breakfast, it always uplifts my spirit each time I read through it. Thanks, Padre.

  30. Sylvia says

    Amen father your grace is all I need

  31. Cornelia Anyiam says


  32. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  33. Asukwo Eunice says

    Amen 🙏
    It’s done ✅

  34. Nwoye Ngozi says


  35. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  36. Stella Ijewemen says

    Lord visit me today and take away my troubles. Amen.

  37. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says


  38. Obioma says


  39. Blessing Chilo Adie says

    As you oh Lord have singled me out of the crowd help me by your grace to keep dwelling in your presence daily so that when the roll call is taken on that day I shall be there in Jesus name Amen

  40. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    I pray that the Lord visits my family and make things right in JESUS Mighty name Amen

  41. Umeze Rosemary says



    AMEN 🙏
    May Jesus grant us His Grace and the Spirit of determinations of going extra mile in forcing ourselves through the crowd in order to archive our Heavenly Goals through Christ our Lord AMEN 🙏
    Shalom Padre 🌹🙏

  43. Munachimso onuoha says


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  45. Regina Mobu says


  46. Angela Ekere says


  47. Miracle Amadi says

    Amen 🙏
    Thanks father.

  48. Pascaline says

    Amen and thank you fr

  49. Julie Iyamba says


  50. Ogechi Oscar says


  51. Onuoha Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen

  52. John says

    Fr, May Heaven continue to reward your effort towards feeding his flock.this breakfast word is to short, but Carry’s many lessons “because of the crowd”. May God help us.

  53. Emelda says


  54. Ify obinwa says

    Lord please help me to go beyond the crowd and live a good life.
    God bless you padre

  55. Jude Uchenna Onah says

    May God deliver us from the spirit of crowd, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

  56. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus!

  57. Angela Madu says


  58. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    May every effort I take pave way for my Salvation Amen

  59. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  60. Onyeoma Ukamaka says


  61. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  62. Macroven Amarachi says

    This is so inspiring. Well-done Frrrrr

  63. Josephine Ugwu says


  64. Sheila says


  65. Esther Nnubia says

    Amen 🙏

  66. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says


  67. Chibuzo Chinwuba says

    May God help me to consider him and not the crowd.

  68. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏

  69. Grace Yina says



    Amen. Thank you very much Father

  71. Vivian Elochukwu says

    Amen 🙏🙏

  72. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏. I just pray for Directions from God, I don’t ever want to be canal in my service to him anymore.

  73. Odoh chisom Deborah says

    Amen. May God give me the Grace not to be shy of what people will say, but to always make effort.
    Thank you fr for this wonderful breakfast, God bless you…
    More Grace and strength to you fr

  74. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    My LORD pave way for my salvation in Jesus name

  75. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God’s divine wisdom and strength.

  76. Adee Calista says

    I pray for grace to liv out of d crowd

  77. Jovita Okey-Oha says

    Amen. May every single effort I make pave way for my salvation. Amen

  78. Jovita Okey-Oha says

    Amen. May every single effort I make pave way for my salvation in Jesus Name I pray. Amen

  79. Nnenna Omaha says

    Amen, God bless you fr

  80. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

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