Today’s Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Can you picture Zacchaeus up in the tree? A short man in a long robe, craning his neck above the crowd to catch a glimpse of Jesus? My father painted this image for me with words when I was about 5 years old and I have never forgotten it. He broke into a huge smile, opened his arms wide like Jesus might have and boomed, “Hey Zacchaeus! Come down from there! I’m comin’ to your house today!”
How could you not smile? Joy fills your heart when you think of this, doesn’t it? Jesus is coming! And what had Zacchaeus done to merit such a visit? Nothing. Nothing at all except look for the Savior.
Scripture tells us that Zacchaeus was “seeking to see who Jesus was.” Zacchaeus didn’t really know the Lord yet. He was just curious. But he put in a little bit of effort, and that effort was noticed by the One who doesn’t miss a thing.
The world was perplexed. “When they saw this, they began to grumble,” we read in this Gospel, because the crowd knew Zacchaeus was a sinner. We are all sinners. But Jesus doesn’t come to the perfect; He comes to those who seek Him.
The Good News is that seeking God is all that is required for us to start a relationship with Him, and in turn He will rescue us from the world of sin.
Zacchaeus’s response to Jesus’s visit is pure joy, generosity toward others, and a deep desire to atone for his past sins. Am I responding to God’s grace like Zacchaeus did? If not, why not? What can I do about that?
Lord, I want to know You. Please come and walk with me today and always, guiding my every thought, word, and action so that my life will be a product of Your love for the world.
Copyright 2017 Gretchen Matthews
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