Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector and because of his profession, he was also very rich. We must also remember this group of people were very much hated. The Pharisees considered them to be the biggest sinners.
Then we hear the words of Jesus, as He states, "I have to stop off at your house."
Zacchaeus must have been greatly surprised when he heard these words. Glad too, but also very frightened. He was probably expecting Jesus to condemn him and reproach him for all his evil deeds.......but...the opposite happened. He was met in his own home by Jesus but also.... with love and forgiveness. Jesus did not see a Publican ...He saw a man.
Jesus as He comes into our homes today forces us to think.....to look at the other man.... particularly on a special man...one who has nothing...one who means nothing in society...one who is not our neighbor.
Do we look at these people as sinners?
Jesus teaches us that everyone is a child of God and..... everyone can repent. Our responsibilities as Christians, is to be.... the presence of God in the world. W e too can transform and assist in the conversion of others...but we can only do this by giving our hearts. When we give our hearts it tastes of goodness...... and this goodness is God.
He also knocks at our homes and asks for our hospitality, as He shows us His mercy and forgiveness. Jesus gives us the strength and support to be His witnesses in the world.
We wish each other salvation as it has comes to our homes, not only by participation, but through... our joy of being a people of faith and diligently sharing.. this faith, hope and joy with others.