(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”
But Zacchaeus stood his ground
and said to the Lord,
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.