Have you ever felt lost? I think Zacchaeus did. He wanted to see Jesus. Something prompted him to take action to find a way to see Jesus.
Where Zacchaeus lived was a very busy place in the city. There would have been noise and confusion. Vendors would be yelling at customers to come into their shop. So, when a preacher comes into the main square there would have been very little notice taken. Just another person thinking they are a prophet predicting the end of the world.
But in Zacchaeus’ heart something ached and desired more. And that day it was Jesus who came into the square. All Zacchaeus did was climb a tree. He did not speak a word. He just wanted to see. And when he saw Jesus and Jesus saw him it was not Zacchaeus who spoke but Jesus. Jesus said come down Zacchaeus. I intend to have lunch with you.
Was this not bold of Jesus to invite himself into Zacchaeus home? Normally one is invited into another’s home. Even today we do not invite ourselves into someone’s home. We wait for an invitation. But Jesus read the heart of Zacchaeus and saw an honest and virtuous man. Jesus called him a son of Abraham. We know Abraham to be a righteous man. And so is Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus is willing to give away half of his possessions to the poor and if he cheated someone pay them back four times more.
We normally think of inviting Jesus into our hearts, meaning we desire to make a conversion. Today, our we ready if Jesus decides to invite Himself into our hearts?
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen