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Today salvation has come to this house – Luke 19:1

Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd

Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319


With the Christmas season over, we return to the ordinary of our lives. A reading of Luke 19: 1-10, specifically the calling of Zacchaeus, reminds us that the love of God is exciting, powerful, and extraordinary. 

When Jesus passed through Jericho, Zacchaeus the tax collector sought to see him. Short in stature, “he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way” (Lk 19:4). Reaching the place, Jesus “looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house” (Lk 19:5). The Gospel indicates: “he came down quickly and received him with joy” (Lk 19:6).   

The two actions of Jesus were to look up and to speak to him, and the two actions of Zacchaeus were to come down and receive the Lord with joy. Together, these four actions changed the life of a person. For the interest of length, let us focus on one action of Jesus, namely his “looking” up at Zacchaeus. 

The verb to “look” is unique in biblical language.  It is the kind of looking that would change the reality being seen. Jesus looks into the depth of the soul of Zacchaeus.  

The contemporaries of Zacchaeus looked at him with ill regard. In fact, as a tax collector during that era, people would have regarded Zacchaeus as a cheater, because tax collectors normally collected more than what they should for their own personal gain.  

Jesus, however, gave Zacchaeus a redeeming look. Reaching into his soul, Jesus saw a wounded man who was open for healing; a greedy man who was also open to absolute generosity; and finally, a sinful man that was capable of total transformation. Jesus saw Zacchaeus’ weaknesses, but also his potential. Jesus’ look conquered the heart of Zacchaeus and led him to receive Jesus with joy. “Today salvation has come to this house” (Lk 19:9).

We are all longing for that redeeming look from the Lord. Amen. 

 In addition to being the priest of St. John Paul II Parish, Cedar Springs, Father Lam also proudly serves as Pastor of Mary Queen of Apostles Parish, 1 W Maple Street, Sand Lake, MI. 49343. Phone 616 636 5671.

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