From our Gospel reading for today, from St Luke: ‘And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”’

St Cyril of Alexandria commented: ‘This was an act of divine foreknowledge; for He well knew what would happen. He saw the man’s soul prepared most readily to choose a holy life, and converted him therefore to piety. The man therefore received Jesus joyfully: and this was the commencement of his turning himself to good, of his departure from his former faults, and of his manfully betaking himself to a better course’.

So often we need to ‘come down’ – to take the humble place, away from our pride and faulty self-esteem. It is there, in this lowest place, that Our Lord waits for us, and wishes to abide with us. May we receive Him joyfully this day, and be greatly blessed in so doing.