Gospel Reading (Luke 19:1-10)

(The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.)

Jesus entered Jericho

and was going through the town

when a man whose name was Zacchaeus

made his appearance;

he was one of the senior tax collectors

and a wealthy man.

He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was,

but he was too short

and could not see him for the crowd;

so he ran ahead

and climbed a sycamore tree

to catch a glimpse of Jesus

who was to pass that way.

When Jesus reached the spot

he looked up

and spoke to him:

“Zacchaeus, come down.

Hurry, because I must stay at your house today.”

And he hurried down

and welcomed him joyfully.

They all complained

when they saw what was happening.

“He has gone to stay at a sinner’s house”

they said.

But Zacchaeus stood his ground

and said to the Lord,

“Look, sir,

I am going to give half my property to the poor,

and if I have cheated anybody

I will pay him back four times the amount.”

And Jesus said to him,

“Today salvation has come to this house,

because this man too is a son of Abraham;

for the Son of Man

has come to seek out

and save what was lost.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

R.) Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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