Readings and Meditation
[LEFT]What would you do if Jesus knocked on your door and said, “I must stay at your house today”? Would you be excited or embarrassed?
[quote] Jesus often “dropped-in” at unexpected times and he often visited the “uninvited”
– the poor, the lame, and even public sinners like Zacchaeus, the tax collector! Tax collectors were despised and treated as outcasts, no doubt because they over-charged people and accumulated great wealth at the expense of others. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector and was much hated by all the people.[/LEFT]
[LEFT]Why would Jesus single him out for the honor of staying at his home?
[LEFT]Zacchaeus needed God’s merciful love and forgiveness. In his encounter with Jesus he found more than he imagined possible. He shows the depth of his repentance by deciding to give half of his goods to the poor and to use the other half for making restitution for fraud. Zacchaeus’ testimony included more than words. His change of heart resulted in a change of life, a change that the whole community could experience as genuine.[/LEFT]
[LEFT]Saint Augustine of Hippo urges us to climb the sycamore tree like Zacchaeus that we might see Jesus and embrace his cross for our lives:[/LEFT]
[LEFT]Zacchaeus climbed away from the crowd and saw Jesus without …