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Ancient Rome used to hire tax collectors called publicans to be sure that Jews in the time of Jesus paid revenue to the Empire. Often, as in the case of Zaccheaus, they were themselves Jews. They were looked upon as betrayers. Zacchaeus was hated all the more, for he was subcontracted as a manager to further organize the process. One imagines him taking advantage of his short stature, as he moved among the people, literally keeping a low profile.
But not today: Jesus is passing by! The Holy Spirit shakes him into a spontaneous, intense desire to see the Lord. Jesus rejoices in Zacchaeus’ vulnerability in climbing a tree to see him; the Lord becomes spontaneous and open with him as well, inviting himself to Zacchaeus’ house.
Will you move beyond what people think and take risks to know and love Jesus? Will you go out on a limb for Jesus today?
Out on a limb for Jesus v. 4
You staying within my heart v. 5
You seek out and save the lost. v. 10
Those who have, more is given v. 26
This is the thirteenth and last week in Pentecost, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.
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