Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I give to the poor;
and if I have defrauded anyone of anything,
I pay back four times as much.
In the Greek Zacchaeus doesn’t say he will give
but that he does.
Is this a sudden change or has he done this all along?
Either way it’s clear:
radical generosity is possible.
From a poor widow or a rich taxman,
whether it’s a new move or an old habit,
whether it’s hard or easy,
radical generosity is to be expected.
The only thing holding you back
is if you don’t want to.
If, as you suspect may be true of Zacchaeus,
something needs to happen to you
to make you want to—
it already has.