10/23/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14
9 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
10 “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
13 But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
14 I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
10/23/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 18:9-14
In our gospel reading above, we note how the Pharisee exalted himself and looked down at others. On the other hand, we see the tax collector who humbled himself and acknowledged his sinfulness.
We know that the Pharisees during the time of Jesus were the people considered religious. Because they followed every detail of the laws of Moses, they thought they were pleasing in the eyes of God. Yet, Jesus tells us that the tax collector was the one who went home justified or forgiven, not the Pharisee.
Which among the two characters do you identify yourself? It is not yet too late to focus more on praising God for His goodness and greatness rather than praising our own self. In Short, let our prayer be God-centric and let our behavior in and out of church reflect God’s mercy and grace.