Gospel – 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,
“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.”
Reflection on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
Zacchaeus encounters Jesus and it changes his whole life.
Do I have that kind of life-changing experience when I encounter Jesus?
I think one way to improve the kind of encounter I have with Jesus is to make sure I encounter him frequently and with a sincere effort.
If Zacchaeus could make the effort to climb a sycamore tree, I can make an effort to see Jesus each day.
Saint John Baptist de LaSalle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.