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Luke 19:1-10

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Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today ." So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."

Luke 19:1-10
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    • In my prayer, Lord, I am often like Zacchaeus, making huge efforts to catch a glimpse of you, only to find that you are waiting for me, calling me by name, inviting yourself into my heart. Once I am with you, I find happiness in putting things right, ordering my life, finding the springs of generosity and justice that have been stifled by old habits. Jesus, as I sit at the computer, you look at me as you looked at Zacchaeus. You call me by name, and invite me to join you. You do not make demands, but in your company I want to change something in myself, and to offer it to you.
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    • Jesus ‘was passing through’ Jericho. It seems that he did not intend to stay. Yet he changed his plans to be a guest of Zacchaeus. Lord, teach me not to be wooden but responsive to unexpected moments of grace.
    • Lord, may I hear you say ‘I must stay at your house today’. Every day, please! Otherwise I am lost.
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    • Where do I fall short so that I cannot see Jesus? What particular tree can I climb in order to see him more clearly? The practice of prayer through Sacred Space is like a tree. It gives me a daily glimpse of the Lord as he passes.
    • ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner’. How do I feel when Jesus invites himself to my kitchen? How does the conversation go?
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    • Wasn’t Zacchaeus very quick off the mark when he raced to a tree and climbed it in order to see Jesus? He was a man of the world wealthy and well in with the top brass, but not very popular in the community, tax collectors were not the most popular of people. Yet something stirred in him that caused him to find some way to get above the crowds. Then Zacchaeus had a conversion experience when he looked into the eyes of Jesus and his whole world turned around. I wonder what happened to him after Jesus left the village…
    • Lord, you met Zacchaeus where he was at, and changed him completely, bringing as you say, salvation to his house. Repent means turn around, help me to turn my life around and repent of the many faults and failings of my life.
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    • I am small, so I ask Jesus to lift me up onto his shoulders, so that I may see the world as he sees it. This is what prayer is like.
    • I pray: ‘Jesus, you became the guest of a sinner that day. Please be my guest every day, though I am a sinner too.’
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    • Zacchaeus used his imagination to see above the heads of those who came between Jesus. Do I allow someone stopping me from seeing Jesus?
    • Jesus saw what was holding Zacchaeus back from living fully and freely. I ask Jesus to speak to me about my life, to help and to heal me.