Feast Day: April 20th
The Life of Saint Zacchaeus: And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”…
Apolytikion: Thou didst treasure the wealth of salvation, and hate unjust gains, O Blessed Zacchaeus. When the Saviour came to thy house thou didst bring forth the fruits of repentance: the righting of wrongs, protection of the poor, and a new God-pleasing life.
Verse by Saint Nikolai Velimirovich: Not come down but come up you are told, Zacchaeus, for Christ is calling you to the Heavens.
Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
The Sycamore Tree of Zacchaeus in Jericho
After Christ’s Resurrection, Saint Zacchaeus travelled together with Saint Peter the Apostle, who ordained him as Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine.
Saint Zacchaeus spent his days preachings the Gospel of Christ and serving the faithful until he reposed in peace.
Quotes by Saint Gregory Palamas about Saint Zacchaeus
Material wealth has the habit of distancing people from God and stabilizes them in their wickedness. “That it (the Evangelist) testified to Zacchaeus not being just a publican, but the chief publican and wealthy, shows that he was distinguished for his wickedness”.
Zacchaeus tasted the sweetness of true liberty, since he was liberated from the passion of avarice, which is most tyrannical and does not allow allow a person a moment of respite. For “the love of money is the cause of all evil, with profiteering, misering, unkindness, misanthropy, abduction, injustice, greed, fraudulency, deception, lies, perjury, and all things like this”.