He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, becaus e he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.   When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him,  "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this  house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost." 

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uke alone tells the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus is small and irrepressible, tainted with corruption, held in disrepute. The chief tax collector, he is snubbed when he tries to make his way to the front of the crowd to see Jesus. His pleas are ignored.

Seeing the direction Jesus was taking, he runs around the back of the crowd, finds a sycamore tree, hoists himself onto a branch, untouched by the jeers, and derisive laughter of the crowd. Now, he can see Jesus.

Jesus stops under the tree, looks up at him a twinkle in his eye and calls him down, “hurry…for I must stay at your house today”. Zacchaeus is overjoyed. The crowd grumbles, Jesus should have nothing to do with a public sinner. Deeply moved by Jesus acceptance, Zacchaeus resolves to give half of his goods in alms and if he has defrauded anyone he will repay them fourfold. "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost." 

Oisín Feore




Quill Pen


This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists


Unfolding the Story of jesus

Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries

Unfolding the story of jesus