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In this week's Gospel, Zacchaeus, a tax collector, is not very well-liked among the citizens of Jericho. They consider him a sinner who extorts money from people. But when Jesus comes through town, Zacchaeus rises above his sinful past – literally – as he climbs a tree for a better view of Jesus.
Zacchaeus desires to improve himself and responds to Jesus with great joy and repentance. He promises to give half his possessions to the poor and Jesus proclaims that salvation has come to his house.
The story of Zacchaeus teaches that God calls us to give His salvation a home in our lives and draw closer to Him. Even though we are sinners, God still loves us. He works through us every day so that we can grow in His will and invite others on the journey.
Think about ways in which you can rise above your past Zacchaeus shortcomings and experience the joy of God's salvation?