Prayer: O Jesus, come and stay in my house this day.
(Picture Jesus finding Zaccheus in a tree.)
Zaccheus is the second wealthy man to receive an invitation from Jesus. He accepts the gift and uses his wealth to restore justice. This story highlights Jesus as the saviour of all, even rich people and their families.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- As a tax collector, Zaccheus works for Rome. However, his desires are for Jesus’ Kingdom.
- Zaccheus had only one chance, one moment. Jesus was just “passing by”.
- His limitations help him. God prompts Zaccheus to climb a tree where Jesus easily sees
- When Jesus says, “I must stay in your house”, Zaccheus understands the great gift.
- He holds his ground and does not allow the crowd to steal the Kingdom.
- Instead, he repents, “I give half my possessions to the poor and I will repay four times over any money I have extorted.” (Lk 19:8)
- His conversion is lasting. He joined the early church. That is how we have his name and his story.
Affections. (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, today you will come.
- O Jesus, I will not miss my chance when you pass by today.
- You will see me and call my name.
- Lord, I am entangled, but you will set me free.
- Yes, Jesus, come and stay in my house.
- I will change whatever needs to be changed.
- Jesus, you will rejoice. I am lost and you have saved me.
- I will follow you all the way to Jerusalem.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
- I will be alert for those moments when Jesus will “pass by today.”
- When Jesus says, “This day I shall stay in your house”, I will open my heart.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
Zaccheus would not allow the crowd to rob him of the Kingdom