Luke 19:1-10 Reflection – Our own Zacchaeus Story

Reflection on Luke 19:1-10 ~

Like Zacchaeus, we can become aware that we may be lost in worldliness. The key to our salvation is how we respond to this realization. Salvation requires prayer, processing regret, restitution, seeking forgiveness, entering into an examination of self, loving God and neighbor, a purgation process, and gratitude for Christ’s help in doing so. Perhaps the greatest gratitude we can give to Jesus is to humbly proclaim in deeds and actions our own Zacchaeus story to others.

Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Awaiting the Passage of Jesus, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Luke 19  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this Luke 19:1-10 reflection.