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WEDNESDAY, November 26

Luke 19:3 [Zacchaeus] was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.

I usually envision Zacchaeus as the actor Danny DeVito. A short man, eager, with tenacity and determination, looking for Jesus coming up the road. As a tax collector, Zacchaeus would have been a despised outsider in his culture. True, he would have been financially well off. I suspect he had the best friends money could buy! But clearly others grumbled and complained when Jesus made a lunch date with him.

Then Jesus goes and does the oddest thing. He calls Zacchaeus, a sinner, a “son of Abraham.” Why would Jesus do that? Doesn’t he know who Zacchaeus is? Well, of course he does, and that is precisely the point. Jesus makes the point of going to, eating with, and welcoming those on the margins of first-century culture. He does the same thing today as well. And I suspect he’d like his Church to do the same.

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