Jesus And Zacchaeus

My Neighbour

Extract

Zacchaeus was a tax collector and very rich but also notable for his short stature!

As Jesus passed through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to see Him but it wasn’t possible, the large crowd blocked his line of sight.

Zacchaeus, undeterred, ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree. When Jesus approached, He looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.” (Luke 19 : 1 – 10)

Marginalized Child

Jesus stayed in Zacchaeus’ home but many in the crowd were very disappointed, He was associating with a sinner!

However, a humble and remorseful Zacchaeus sought Jesus’ forgiveness for hoarding his wealth and promised to immediately give half of it to the poor!

Thought

Should I be doing more to help others today?

Reflection

Lord Jesus, guide me towards your humble ways, an inclusive way of life that invites all of your family to my table.

Prayer: My Life (St Theresa of Lisieux)

My life is but an instant, a passing hour.
My life is but a day that escapes and flies away.
O my God, you know that to love you on earth
– I only have today.

Lord, what does it matter if the future is gloomy?
To pray for tomorrow, O no, I cannot!
Keep my heart pure, cover me with your shadow
– Just for today.

O Divine Pilot, whose hand guides me.
I’m soon to see you on the eternal shore.
Guide my little boat over the stormy waves in peace
– Just for today.