When read in the proper perspective and in the Traditional lens of how Genesis is read in the Church, we can pick up lessons that help us understand the original design of mankind in light of our fallen nature.
By understanding the construction of the Gospel, we discover how Jesus is the new Adam; and Mary the new Eve. We can also see how it is thought of as Mary's way of giving her son to us, as well as a foreshadowing of the Eucharist.
Zaccaheus was transformed just by being present with the Lord. If we believe Jesus is truly sacramentally present in the Eucharist we, too, can be transformed by Christ by simply being with him during Eucharistic Adoration.