And so I say: The whole world is full of Zacchaeuses, and you are no less! Then do what he did, and I will then say to you, and do what I said and did to Zacchaeus. The way I use to draw Mine closer is known to you; you are, just like Zacchaeus, the sinful publicans of the world.
 What did Zacchaeus do to see Me on the way? - He was small of person; he ran ahead and climbed in a mulberry, that is, as: The sinful man recognized his worthlessness before Me, he was thus full of humility and equaled or resembled the publican in the temple, who also dared not raise up his head.
 But humility is the main nourishment of love. The love becomes more powerful and stronger towards that before which she feels her great unworthiness! And the more unworthy she feels, the greater her pull toward him, because her respect grows as she sinks in her own values. Such love then only thinks of the one whom she most respects as her highest good.
 In this preoccupation with the object, which is most honorable for such love, lies an ever-brighter light, in which man thinks and thinks and seeks and seeks to bring his supreme object closer to his contemplation! And this thinking and thinking and searching and searching resembles the running upfront of Zacchaeus.
 He is on the right track; but he also knows that the Lord is the most inward of all things, and thus is in a great crowd, and yet he will not be able to be spied on in right way. But the desire to see the Lord is more powerful than this objection, and more powerful than this obstacle to obstruction, and calls on all the powers in man to rise to such a point of view, from which one could nevertheless could behold the Lord, over and in the midst of the crowd.
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