On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 9, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do we come before God full of ourselves? First glorifying ourselves for our many achievements so that God our ageing Father may see more clearly and recognise them? Then do we offer Him praise and Glory from our surplus? And in righteousness do we remember to point out our neighbours sins in case God might have missed out on them? Do we think ourselves rich though we have nothing? (Pr 13:7)

Or do we humble ourselves before the Lord our God, approaching the fountain of life thirsty with cup empty? Sorrowful for offending our loving Father by our sins? (A humble contrite spirit, a humble contrite heart you will not spurn. Ps 51:17) Praise and Glorifying Him alone for His infinite goodness? Patiently awaiting to eat His bread and drink His cup so that we may have the true life in us?  

How has prayer life progressed in our lives? Has it progressed at all? Have we moved from simply praying for ourselves, to praying for our family? Have we progressed from praying for our families to praying for our friends? Have we progressed from praying for our friends to praying for our community? Have we progressed from praying for our community to praying for strangers in the world? Have we listened more than we speak in prayer? Have we prayed less for ourselves trusting fully in God’s providence? Do we pray daily to do His will for us?

Gospel

Luke 18:9-14

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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