Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Aman named Zaccheus lived there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see him because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus, who was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, come down quickly, for I must stay at your house today.” So Zaccheus climbed down and received him joyfully.
All the people who saw it began to grumble, and said, “He has gone as a guest to the house of a sinner.”But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, “Half of what I own, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much.”Looking at him Jesus said, “Salvation has come to this house today, for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”
The faith of Zaccheus brought salvation to his household. Scenes from our gospel show the great love of God, the kind of love that knows no limits and that goes beyond the periphery of any human standards and measurements. Human love tends to limit and alienate because we can only give what we are capable of groping in our minds and senses. But God knows everything in
the person and can love what may seem to us humans as impossible. The world questions Zaccheus because they do not and cannot possibly know the heart and soul of the man. By questioning the act of the love of God, they fail to see a foretaste of heaven unfolding before their very eyes. May we not limit God by our own human limitations! / Vulnerasti, 2023