Sirach35; 12-14, 16-18, 2 Timothy 4; 6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14
Luke’s Gospel carries over the message of the importance of humility in our prayer life. Jesus reminds us that “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” The reading shows us an example of contrasting prayer styles. We see a proud Pharisee and a contrite and humble tax collector. The Pharisee attempts to bribe God with his goodness while the lowly tax collector is humble enough to believe he can be forgiven, which he is. The Pharisee’s sin is not his arrogance but his self-reliant attitude. We all have a bit of the Pharisee in us when we fail to recognize in all humility that our own merits cannot save us but only by trusting and relying on God for our salvation and following His commandments.
Loving God, help us to be humble, prayerful servants. May we be aware of the needs of the poor and oppressed in our world today that we may alleviate some of their sufferings. We trust in your guidance as we rely on your strength.
Pat Higgins Michel, Associate