A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 19:1-19
"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, "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." The Gospel of the Lord.
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, fill my mind and my heart with your Wisdom and Light. Amen.
"Jesus looked up and said, "Zacchaeus come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house." What a beautiful image. The image of the face of Jesus, looking at you, can you see the tenderness and recognition in his eyes. He calls out; "...come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house." Do you sense the urgency and love in the voice of our Lord, the longing to be with Zacchaeus (to be with you)? Why did Jesus say "come down quickly", could it be perhaps, that Zacchaeus might have 'second guessed' himself, wondering if really he should go? If really he heard right? He could have felt; 'wait a minute, Jesus is coming to my house?' Jesus knew Zacchaeus in a way that others didn't, he knew his heart, and he loved him. He loved him so much, that our Lord 'invited himself' into Zacchaeus home, it didn't matter the condition of his home, Jesus just entered it 'as is', as our Lord does with each one of us. It all began for Zacchaeus, with a single desire; the desire to "see Jesus" and this desire brought him to a place of choosing; to respond or remain. What do I desire and what is Jesus saying to me right now? What is my response?
"God looks down from heaven, on the sons of men, to see if any are wise, if any seek God." Ps 53