Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a son of Abraham. The Human One came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:9-10. Common English Bible).
I am continuing to read through Walking in Valleys of Darkness: A Benedictine Journey Through Troubled Times by Fr. Albert Holzt, OSB.
Today, I read his section on Seeking God in which he uses the Gospel story of Zacchaeus in Luke 9:1-10.
Zacchaeus was a ruler among tax collectors. He wanted to see Jesus. Zacchaeus was a very short man. So, he climbed a sycamore tree to get a glimpse of Jesus as He walked by and the crowds around Him. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus in the tree, He called him to come down so that Jesus could have supper at his house. Those around Jesus were critical of Him because He chose to go to the house of one who as so despised by them. When Jesus went to Zecchaeus’ home, and he said the words found at the top of this blog post. Holtz points out that Zeccaeus climbed that tree because he was seeking Jesus. What he discovered is that Jesus was seeking him just as much as Zeccaeus was seeking Jesus.
As Fr. Holtz wrote,
While it may look as if Christ was eating at Zecchaeus’s table, the play on the verb “to seek” points to a deeper reality: Zacchaeus was now eating at Jesus’ table, being nurtured by the intimacy of God’s forgiving love. Jesus had successfully sought out the seeker.
We can seek union with God through any number of means. Work. Prayer. Routines of Liturgical prayer such as the Offices and the Eucharist. Relationships. While all of these are important in and of themselves; what is even more so is that we can learn from the Gospel story of Zeccaeus is that God is seeking union with us. If we will allow ourselves to be found by our God who is seeking us: we will find the God with Whom we are seeking union with.
“Seeking his workman in a multitude of people, the Lord calls out to him and lifts his voice again: is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to seek good days?” (The Rule of Saint Benedict. The Prologue v. 14).
How are you seeking and being found by God in your life?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB