14th March

Today’s gospel is Lk 18:9-14

Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being Tax-and-publicanupright and despised everyone else, ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like everyone else, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.” 
The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you, went home again justified; the other did not. For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, but anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.’

TODAY’S POINTERS ON GOD’S WORD (www.jesuit.org.sg)

  • As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
  • As human beings we tend to boast of our goodness to the Lord and often ignoring our own faults and sins. This is a form of arrogance.

  • Instead of being “arrogant” like the Pharisees, we should do things out of our love for Jesus.

  • Ultimately, it is those believers who ask for forgiveness, like the tax collector, will be saved. For these are the ones who are humble enough to acknowledge their sins and seek redemption from the Lord. And these are the ones whom the Lord loves and is most proud of.

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If you would like some additional reading, see the March POSITION PAPER from Opus Dei. An article deals specifically with the question of suffering and is a response to the recent rant against God by the atheist Stephen Fry. Click on the link and then scroll down with the slider on the right hand side. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fkndtug1u8ttnv3/March%202015.pdf?dl=0

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