Do you hear about Zacchaeus?
If not, then let us know about him in these passages (Luke 19:1-10);
“1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because, this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Actually, this is the Gospel for today.
While reflecting upon it earlier, I was so moved to write my reflection. I really admire his humility to accept his mistakes and willingly find a way in order to see Jesus. In the eyes of the public, he is full of greed and sins because of his job as chief tax collector.
Imagine in the midst of the busy crowd following Jesus, he is the only one who has the gut to climb the sycamore tree just to have a glimpse of the Lord.
Isn’t it admirable?
Because of that the Lord noticed and commanded him to go down for them to have dinner together and the result was overwhelming. In that simple event, a lot of things have changed. He received salvation, he repented and he promised to share and give his possessions. Finally, Jesus reminded him that He came to seek and save the lost.
How To Be Like Zacchaeus?
You know you and I are Zacchaeus in any way. Just like him, we are also sinners. But we have something different. While he was excited to see Jesus personally, most of the time we are busy looking for things we think can give us happiness. Instead of striving to see and seek Jesus in everything that we do, we tend to the opposite.
I’m not saying that it’s really bad to strive for success. My point here is to seek Him first in all things we do and in all our plans.
What is your sycamore tree? Are you willing to climb it just to have a glimpse of Him?
We may have different sycamore tree but one thing should be common: the purpose of climbing.
For Zacchaeus, the sycamore tree served as his tool to see Jesus and eventually led to his salvation. For us to see Jesus we must also see to it that we are climbing the right sycamore tree; a tree that could lead us to see Him and receive salvation too.
Whatever you consider as your sycamore tree, be at ease with it but just for a common thought I believe that for us, Catholics, I think it’s safe to say and it’s agreeable that we have the same sycamore tree – the Cross if Christ.
Moreover, like Zacchaeus, we should also humble ourselves and ask for God’s forgiveness. With true repentance and change of heart, we can be assured of his mercy and the gift of salvation.
We can decide to change our ways and hearts but still it’s the Lord who will bless and help us sustain our decision along the way.
In summary, let us look for ways to see Jesus and have a glimpse of Him in the midst of our busy schedule and crowded world. We should also climb our own sycamore tree and determine the purpose of climbing, whatever it is, one thing should be common for us Catholics – the Cross of Christ. Let us humble ourselves and ask for His forgiveness, mercy and the gift of salvation.
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