From the Word of the Day
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. (Luke 19: 2-3)
Zacchaeus was rich and powerful insofar as he managed a lot of money; he had administrative ability, more or less upright, of his goods. He certainly was not the model of a just man. And yet, even inside of him there was the desire to see Jesus, the Rabbi whom the crowds followed unconditionally.
Since he was short of stature, he could barely see Jesus so he decided to climb a tree for a better view.
This gives us pause to think. He was an esteemed person, a rich man, and therefore he exercised power, he could look down on others who were poorer. But he is interested in Jesus and his desire to know Him is so strong, at least to recognize His face and behavior, that he leaves his pride aside.
And you, dear Zacchaeus, the rich man, is up in a tree like a little boy? And I hear him answer me, “What are you doing if you are not trying to see Jesus, in the sense of knowing Him in His Gospel and practicing His teachings? Either everything is illumined by Him or it is nothing.
Lord, today with Your grace, I want to keep remembering Your presence in my heart and in the Word of God that You constantly gift me with.
The voice of Pope Francis
Today, we run the risk of remaining at a distance from Jesus because we feel unworthy, because we have low self-esteem. This is a huge temptation that does not only regard self-esteem but also touches faith. Faith tells us we are ‘children of God and that is what we really are’ (1 John 3: 1). We are created in His image. Jesus took on our humanity and His heart will never be separated from us. The Spirit wants to live in us. We are called to eternal glory with God! This is our stature, this is our spiritual identity. We are always the beloved children of God.