A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday, 20 November

Psalm 15, Apocalypse 3:1-6, 14-22, Luke 19: 1-10

Revolutionary Jesus

Tax collector Zacchaeus, short of stature and despised by all, nonetheless craved the Lord’s healing touch. There are many human touches in this account – climbing a tree, being noticed and welcomed by Jesus, Zacchaeus’ response exceeded the fourfold restitution required under Jewish law. We can imagine this gesture silencing the crowd. The human tendency to label and prejudge are no barrier to the all-encompassing love of Jesus. Lord, make me blind to everything except my neighbour’s need of you.

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