The story of Jesus’ encounter with Zaccheus is not just a great redemption tale. It also highlights the deeply problematic nature of a grace as profound as the grace Jesus offers.
This grace is problematic precisely because it effectively dissolves the barriers we all use to separate ourselves from ’them’ (whoever our particular ‘them’ might be).
Jesus’ acceptance of those who are the least acceptable, challenges our natural reflex of ‘othering’ - the process we instinctually use that makes us feel safer and more acceptable.
If we are all equally as un/acceptable as each other, what is the basis on which we decide who is in and who is out? How can we work out how to treat people if we no longer have the categories of ’my people’ and ‘not my people’?
How has Jesus’ grace changed the way you are with others?