What are you learning about yourself these days? Seriously! A reviled tax collector and Jesus end up at dinner together, even though simmering anger all around them threatens both Zacchaeus and Jesus. We feel Jericho’s (Luke 19:1-10) contempt. We may be living in similar times. Jesus lets the contempt unfold and then turns it on its head. Let’s pursue honesty today: heart-level, sometimes painful honesty that just might lead us to a richer form love and belonging together.
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Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.
When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. // Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does Jesus have getting cozy with this crook?”
Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned, and stammered … “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.” Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.” – Luke 19:1-10 (The Message)