And entering in, he walked through Jericho. And behold, there was a man named Zacheus, who was the chief of the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was, and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature. And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see him; for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up, he saw him, and said to him: Zacheus, make haste and come down; for this day I must abide in thy house. And he made haste and came down; and received him with joy. And when all saw it, they murmured, saying, that he was gone to be a guest with a man that was a sinner. But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold. Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke 19:1-10 (Douay-Rheims)
Dear Father I remember climbing trees when I was a young child, more out of curiosity to see more of the area at greater heights than to attempt to see the bigger picture of my life. It was out of fun when climbing not as Zacheus had done in his attempt to see Jesus. Even though Zacheus was short in stature he was tall in faith. Am I like that too dear Father, where I go to great lengths to see your Son in my life. Would I climb a tree to see him after all these years and shout to him to have mercy on me, a sinner. Oh yes, I would in a heartbeat, because you are all that is love and forgiveness. Just as salvation came to Zacheus, it can come to me too when I seek you with all my heart. May my heart be open to your love and may I seek reconciliation for the sins I committed that separated me from you. Like Zacheus, I too would love to have you at my home and dine with me. As I go out on a limb and attempt to mend my ways for your love. Amen