The tale of Zacchaeus was proclaimed in Catholic churches, plus thousands of others, worldwide this past weekend. I wonder: what of reconciliation did you hear?
Jesus was on his final journey, to Jerusalem, and yet he takes time from his plans to stop for one man in a tree who is trying to see what he’s about:
At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
“Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
“He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
“Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost.”
This reading also gives us another “elder sibling” episode, like Luke 15:28-32. Maybe this reading is useful to point out that problem.
For a good perspective, there’s this homily excerpt from this past weekend from my friend and colleague Fr Richmond Dzekoe, speaking on this marvelous reading: