In the conversion of Zacchaeus we see an other economy in which generosity is the norm. In this economy, Jesus challenges our most fundamental beliefs about our possessions and calls us to act in a way that is consistent to these new beliefs. In this economy, wealth is not measured by what we possess, but by what we give away.
In this brief story, Jesus shows us how to enter the kingdom of God, not as one who is accomplished or as one who is better than others, but as one seeking mercy. The paradox of the Christian life is this: The more “Christian” we become, the harder it is to stay Christian for our faith is based, not on our performance but on our need.