Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 19,1-10
At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
Jesus saw him
The gospel tells us that he was wealthy; apparently he lacked nothing. Zacchaeus was well known, like an “influencer” on Instagram… but in truth, he looked good on the outside, yet he was full of emptiness inside. Although he was small in stature he thought he was a Big deal ! Are you a 21st century Zacchaeus? Do you measure yourself by your wealth? By your car model? Do you think you’re superior? Be careful when you are so busy… too busy for anything; not just to busy for God, but even too busy for your family, even yourself !
How is your self esteem? Too little is bad, but too much can be worse !
2) He saw him:
This is interesting: Jesus, the Son of God, the authority, looks at him from below. He looks up at Zacchaeus. We usually imagine authority looking at us from above, but here, Jesus is below. This reminds us that no matter how high or powerful our position is in the church, we should always look at our brothers from below; from the viewpoint of service. Where do you see your brothers ? From above, or below ?
3) I will repay:
When you find Jesus, you change. You cannot continue to be the same person! We need to work on this: we have become accustomed to the sacraments in our faith, receiving them without much consideration. Think about the early church, how they struggled and how they celebrated a received every Eucharist with fervour and joy ! They were in such danger! If they have been found, they would have been killed; but that bravery and inner Love allowed them to face many difficult situations. Think about the Crusades, the people who have fought for the Holy Land. Think about so many Christians who, even today cannot receive mass because there’s not enough priests. There so many catholics that are persecuted, even in their own homes. Today, think about how you are living your faith.
God-bless you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Remember, heaven is our goal.