Dec 27, 2021
Notice the way in which Zacchaeus confessed his sin.
He did not say: “Lord, I am a sinful man!”,
or “Avarice is my sickness!”
No; but, showing the fruits of repentance,
he thus confessed his sin and his sickness: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor.”
is not this a clear confession that riches are his passion?
“And if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”
Is not this a clear confession that his riches were acquired in a sinful manner?
He did not, before this, say to the Lord: “I am a sinner, and I repent.”
He confessed this silently to the Lord in his heart,
and the Lord silently received his confession and repentance.