Luke 18: 9-14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like the other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted”
God beyond our knowing, we make you into an idol to serve our own needs. Humble our arrogance by the strangeness of your coming and the wonder of your mercy; through Jesus Christ, the friend of Pharisees and tax collectors. Amen
Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009) alt.
- What does this passage say to the church?
- Can you think of a time when you were like the Pharisee or were you more like the Tax Collector?
- What does this passage say to you?
- As you think about your friends and colleagues, are they more like the Pharisee or the Tax Collector?
- Are there any changes in your life as a Good Steward that the passage encourages you to make to be more humble?
- Brigid was well known for her care for the poor. Could St. Brigid be a role model for your sense of generosity?
From the Diocese of New Westminster