Jesus asks, “Today salvation has come to this house for he, too, is a son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek out and save the lost.”
Jesus’ final statement in the gospel makes his mission clear: he comes to seek out and save the lost. Jesus draws Zacchaeus, the marginalized tax collector, into the mystery of God’s unconditional love. In response Zacchaeus pledges the almsgiving that marks a true Jew, a son of Abraham—half his possessions to people who are poor. He promises to repay anyone he has defrauded fourfold. Neither the law nor his greed isolate Zacchaeus any longer.
What is your experience of being an outsider?