Entering Jericho, Jesus passed through the city. There was a wealthy man there named Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector. Zacchaeus was trying to see what Jesus was like, but being small of stature, was unable to do so because of the crowd. In order to see Jesus, Zacchaeus first
ran on in front, then climbed a sycamore tree which was along the route. When Jesus came to the spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. I mean to stay at your house today.”
Zacchaeus quickly descended and welcomed Jesus with delight. When this was observed, everyone began to murmur, “Jesus has gone to a sinner’s house as a guest.” Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to Jesus: “I give half my belongings to the poor. If I have defrauded anyone in
the least, I pay them back fourfold.” Jesus said to the tax collector: “Today, salvation has come to this house, for this is what it means to be a descendant of Abraham and Sarah. The Promised One has come to search out and save what was lost.”
The Good Word as spoken through Luke.