In today’s OF Gospel, Zacchaeus’ salvation begins with his desire to see who Jesus is. In his seeking, Jesus sees him in turn, and invites himself into Zacchaeus’ house. “If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the icon of Zacchaeus’ salvation. She is the one who, more than all others, sought the face of Jesus. She came as a very young girl to the temple of God – and in return God has come to her and made His abode with her, and through her, mysteriously, He makes His abode with us.
Mgr. Charles Pope has some wise words about the Four Last Things on his blog. He says, and I paraphrase, that we often think that Heaven will correspond to our own idea of personal fulfillment. It doesn’t! If Adam was discontent with Paradise, and Lucifer with Heaven, then we should take care lest we seek happiness apart from God. What is the remedy? It is the Face of Christ. In adoring Him and seeking his Face, like Zacchaeus, we will find that Christ is the one who has come to seek us – and in doing so he changes us completely and makes us fit to enter into His temple.
Christ, be my heaven.