- Tuesday, 20 November 2018 -
Tuesday of the Thirty-third week in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 19:1-10.

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 to him, "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."
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Saint Ambrose
“Zacchaeus sought to see Jesus”

The wealthy need to learn something: there is nothing wrong with being wealthy but there is in not knowing how to make use of one’s wealth. For if wealth prevents wicked people from acquiring virtue, it assists those who are good. In any case, Zacchaeus – who was rich – was chosen by Christ, although by giving away the half of his property to the poor and even paying back fourfold what he had fraudulently stolen. For a single item is not enough. Acts of generosity are valueless if injustice persists. What is asked is not the stripping away but giving. That is why he received a reward greater than his lavishness. And it was right he was described as a leading publican for who could despair when even Zacchaeus succeeded? For Zacchaeus drew his revenue from fraud. “He was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature”… So long as Zacchaeus is among the crowd he does not see Christ, but he was raised above the crowd and he saw… And Jesus saw Zacchaeus high up because the height of his faith now caused him to appear among the fruits of his new deeds as on the top of a fruitful tree.

Commentary on Saint Luke’s gospel, 8, 90