In Order to See Jesus

November 15, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. (Luke 19:1-10)

IN ORDER TO SEE JESUS: Lack of height is what kept Zacchaeus from seeing Jesus. What is keeping us from seeing Jesus?

Is it shame? Our sinful life has piled layer upon layer of guilt and shame on us. We don’t see Jesus because we don’t want to see Jesus. He could certainly not love someone as unlovable as us, right?

Is it fear that keeps us from seeing Jesus? Seeing Jesus and having Him as part of our everyday life will mean acknowledging that we are no longer in control. His will be done is a scary thought for anyone.

Is it our focus on accumulating earthly wealth that is keeping us from seeing Him? We spend all your time and effort on our job so that we can make more money and acquire more things, so there is no time left for Jesus.

Maybe it’s apathy. Maybe our life is perfect as it is…

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