While we cannot force God to act a certain way, we can certainly put ourselves in God’s path.

Jesus was on his way somewhere, and seeing Zacchaeus was enough to stop Jesus in his tracks and change his course. What did Jesus see in Zacchaeus? God-made-human was on his way to turn the rest of the world upside down; but the zealous curiosity of Zacchaeus was enough for God to become personally invested in turning Zacchaeus’ own world upside down.

What is it about Jesus of Nazareth that enflames a curiosity in you? What part of you would you like to put in God’s path?

—Michael Lamanna, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic of the USA Northeast Jesuit province. He is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.