Circles of Gratitude

Zacchaeus was not only physically short, but also short in character.  As chief tax collector he was known for taking more than his share from his fellow people and he was despised by all.  So it’s no surprise that he hid in a tree so he could see Jesus when came to town.  But Jesus not only calls him out of hiding, he also calls out the God given image of generosity that had been imprinted upon Zacchaeus' soul.   Like a stone thrown into the still pond of humanity, Zacchaeus’ transformative story from a miserly to a generous soul still has rippling effects upon us today.