“Listen, sir! I will give half of my belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much.” Luke 19:8

While passing through Jericho, there was a chief tax collector there, named Zacchaeus, who was very rich. He was a very unhappy man because of his post, he had no friends. He was a little man and he wanted to see Jesus. The crowd was blocking him so he climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus.

When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and he saw him and even knew his name. Jesus asked him to come down from the tree because he wanted to give Zacchaeus alms for the loneliness in his heart. Jesus asked to stay in his house. Zacchaeus hurried down and welcomed Jesus with great joy which touched his emptiness. He realized what should be done to keep the joy that was in him, so he was ready to give away half of his belongings to the poor as almsgiving to show the love, kindness, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ. Indeed salvation had come to him today. Alleluia.