Visiting Zacchaeus’s Sycamore tree in Jericho!


I’m just back from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and we stopped to see the Sycamore tree in Jericho that (apparently, perhaps, maybe, possibly, or possibly not…) Zacchaeus climbed up to get a good view of Jesus in Luke 19. This is the inspiration for our Sycamore programme! I prayed for all those involved in Sycamore throughout the world, and especially for those who have come as guests to some of the sessions.


Luke 19: Jesus and Zacchaeus

“He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’”

2 thoughts on “Visiting Zacchaeus’s Sycamore tree in Jericho!

  1. Dear Father Wang

    what a lovely picture to share.

    Our group is nearly ready to receive the Sacrament(s) (we had 6 catechumens), and I think we need more videos/activities like yours to keep the group going. (you might have links to share, who knows?). I have tried to get them the reflect on the Advent readings, but that was a bit too difficult for 5 of them.

    The hospitality side has been brilliant, and binded us together. Some of the participants offered spontaneously to prepare the meal in turns, it was a relief for me, as I had no extra-help.

    Our parish intends to use the “Alpha Course” to bring our parishioners from maintenance to mission, so I hope it will fit in, and give even strength to our group.

    Kindest regards
    from the Parish of St Cuthbert, Egham


    1. We have been using Symbolon from the States as a deeper follow-up video. It’s very good: very well produced; good, straightforward catechetical content; short bite-sized pieces (about 30 mins per film in two parts). But it is quite fast and presumes a faith commitment and some background, so it would not do for those who are still very new to the faith. You can buy the videos or take out a subscription to Formed (which is expensive for groups). We bought the videos.
      See here
      and here


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