IN THOSE DAYS, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. There was a man named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax-collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, because he was short in stature. So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus, Who was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up, saw Zacchaeus, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So Zacchaeus hurried down and received Jesus with joy. But when the people saw it, they began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Behold, 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 has come to seek out and to save the lost.”
Saint Jerome comments on a rich man who enters the Kingdom of God,
There certainly is much truth in a certain saying of a philosopher, "Every rich man is either wicked or the heir of wickedness." That is why the Lord and Savior says that it is difficult for the rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Someone may raise the objection, "How did wealthy Zacchaeus enter the Kingdom of heaven?" He gave away his wealth and immediately replaced it with the riches of the heavenly Kingdom. The Lord and Savior did not say that the rich would not enter the Kingdom of heaven, but that they will enter with difficulty.
And Saint Martin of Turin explains how Zacchaeus used his property to express gratitude for his salvation,
Zacchaeus must be praised. His riches were unable to keep him from the royal threshold. He should be greatly praised because his riches brought him to the threshold of the Kingdom. From this, we understand that wealth is not a hindrance but a help to attaining the glory of Christ. While we possess it, we should not squander it on wild living but give it away for the sake of salvation. There is no crime in possessions, but there is crime in those who do not know how to use possessions. For the foolish, wealth is a temptation to vice, but for the wise, it is a help to virtue. Some receive an opportunity for salvation, but others acquire an obstacle of condemnation.
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