On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 29, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We pray hard and may even be seen praying, but behave badly and act selfishly. Whom are we giving glory to? We pray for help and mercy but are ourselves unhelpful and unmerciful, are we then deserving of our requests? How did we get to being so fervent in our prayers and barely dipped our toes in the deep ocean of our faith? Have we taken God’s love and acts of kindness towards us for granted?

It is only when are our contrite hearts are opened to truly see God, His majesty, His power, His glory, can we begin to experience His love, His mercy and enter into a deep personal relationship with Him.

All glory and praise be to God! Now and forevermore. Amen

FIRST READING Hosea 6:1–6

GOSPEL
Luke 18:9–14

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. 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. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ 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.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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