Zacchaeus, Come Down, Today I Must Stay at Your House – Luke 19:1-10

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Today is Wednesday, February 21, 2024

November 21 2023: Bible Verse of the Day – Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time, Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C – Zacchaeus, Come Down, Today I Must Stay at Your House – Luke 19:1-10

4 Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.
5 When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”
6 And he came down quickly and received him with joy. – Luke 19:1-10

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Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Year 1

Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflections

What joy Zacchaeus had at receiving this invitation from our Lord. There are three things to note in this encounter.

First, Zacchaeus was seen by many as a sinner. He was a tax collector and, therefore, was not respected by the people.

There is little doubt that this would have affected Zacchaeus and been a temptation for him to see himself as unworthy of Jesus’ compassion.

But Jesus came precisely for the sinner. Therefore, truth be told, Zacchaeus was the perfect “candidate” for the mercy and compassion of Jesus.

Second, when Zacchaeus witnessed that Jesus came to him and selected him out of everyone present to be the one to spend time with, he was overjoyed! The same must be true with us.

Jesus does pick us and He does want to be with us. If we allow ourselves to see this, the natural result will be joy. Do you have joy at this knowledge?

Third, as a result of Jesus’ compassion, Zacchaeus changed his life. He committed to giving half his possessions to the poor and to repay four times anyone he had previously cheated.

This is a sign that Zacchaeus began to discover true riches. He began to immediately repay to others the kindness and compassion shown to him by Jesus.

Reflect, today, upon Zacchaeus and see yourself in his person. You, too, are a sinner. But God’s compassion is far more powerful than any sin.

Let His loving forgiveness and acceptance of you overshadow any guilt you may feel. And allow the gift of His mercy to produce mercy and compassion in your own life for others.

Prayer: Lord, I turn to You in my sin and beg for Your mercy and compassion. Thank You in advance for showering Your mercy upon me. May I receive that mercy with great joy and, in turn, may I shower Your mercy upon others. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.

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Zacchaeus, Come Down, Today I Must Stay at Your House - Luke 19:1-10 - Bible Verse of the Day
Zacchaeus, Come Down, Today I Must Stay at Your House – Luke 19:1-10 – Bible Verse of the Day

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