Luke 19: 1-10
verses 9-10: Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and I suppose that job was just too tempting. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned that tax collectors were known to be dishonest, as a rule. They had the opportunity to cheat people out of their money, and they did. So just the fact that Jesus talked to him was enough to get people’s attention. Then Jesus invites himself into the man’s home. Zacchaeus, being in the presence of Jesus, repents of his sins. Jesus wants me to be with him, whether I feel worthy or not. He knows my heart. If I am truly sorry for all of the wrongs I have committed, Jesus welcomes me. I will remember to rejoice when I discover any sinner turning to Jesus.
Holy Father, you are there for me, and for any sinner willing to admit and repent of their sins. May I be a part of that process in some way. Amen