Did Zacchaeus in the Bible become a canonized saint?


There is an ancient tradition that Zacchaeus became a companion of Saint Peter, and possibly even a bishop.

In the Gospel of Luke there is a story of a man named Zacchaeus who longed to see Jesus, even climbing a tree to get a better view.

Jesus saw Zacchaeus’ faith and wanted to stay in his house. This turned out to be a monumental moment in Zacchaeus’ life, as he immediately promised to make amends for any wrong he might have done.

“Behold, Lord, I will give half of my goods to the poor,
and if I extorted anything from anyone
I will return it four times.

Luke 19:8

What happened to Zacchaeus after that fateful day is not recorded in the Bible, but local legends attempt to fill the void.

In a 4th century text called the Apostolic ConstitutionsZacchaeus becomes a disciple of Saint Peter the Apostle and accompanies him on his travels.

Moreover, it is even claimed that Zacchaeus became the Bishop of Caesarea and later died a peaceful death.

Although the Roman Catholic Church does not recognize Zacchaeus as a canonized saint, the Eastern Orthodox Church fact, assigning it a feast day on April 20.

There is also “Sunday of Zacchaeuswhich is celebrated by many Eastern Churches, commemorating this biblical event.

This “canonization” by tradition is in line with other Old and New Testament figures that Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine traditions recognize as saints.


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