“Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
Have you ever felt like you needed to be rescued? Or do you know a family member or friend that may be in need When I was younger, I really enjoyed search and rescue movies. Whether it be a huge blockbuster like Saving Private Ryan or a smaller movie like Willow, I always enjoyed the idea of a hero/heroine rescuing someone. Although those movies were for Hollywood, there was still a message of hope and a lesson about people reaching out to help someone in need.
In Today’s Gospel, Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, is in need of rescue and is looking to Christ for help. Even when an obstacle like height slows him down, Zacchaeus is determined to witness the Lord. Jesus sees Zacchaeus, like he sees all of us, and calls him by name. I think we forget sometimes that the Lord is always calling us by name to be with him. Jesus invites Zacchaeus to be close with him and have fellowship with him.
So is there someone in your life that may be is in need? Is there someone you can turn to, say their name and ask them if they need to talk? Sometimes that person is right in front of you. Do not let an opportunity pass to ask them how they are doing. In this secular, social–media-driven world, we as Christians have an obligation to take care of one another. Let’s love one another and help each other to come down from our trees and embrace Jesus Christ, the greatest rescuer of all time.