Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
Lost and Found
Luke is careful to hint at what it was that opened this man to Jesus’ call to a change of heart.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Zacchaeus was rich. A prominent tax collector, he even seemed to have suspicions about fraud in his own practices. He may have been small in stature, but he was definitely into big-time operations.
John J. Pilch
Mr. Clean, Mr. Pure, Mr. Innocent
Sometimes “rich” can mean “greedy” in the Bible, but as this story progresses it will become clear that Zacchaeus does not seem to be greedy.
Philoxenus of Mabbug
Zacchaeus had not seen the Lord with the eyes of the body, and yet he believed in him simply on the word of others.
Reginald H. Fuller
By entering Zacchaeus’ house, Jesus dramatizes the coming of divine salvation. Zacchaeus’ promise to restore what he had extorted from his fellow Jews is a measure of his repentance.