The week the reading come from Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Psalm 34; Paul’s second letter to Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 and Luke’s gospel 18:9-14.
We have yet another parable this week it’s the pharisee and the tax collector, this is the one where the Pharisee and the Publican are at the Temple. The Pharisee goes up front and prays “Thank the Lord I’m so great, I fast and tithe unlike that tax collector over there, he’s so bad.” while the tax collector stays in the back and prays “O Lord have mercy on me a sinner.” Jesus then tells us that it is the Tax Collector went home justified. This echos the message from Sirach and in the Psalm The Lord hears the call of the poor for a prayer doesn’t rest until it reaches its goal. This is something difficult in society today as we are constantly bombarded with people and thing which want to put us on top, however we must remain humble in all that we do. We remember in Micah 6:8 we read the mission statement for all Christians “Live Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly with God“. Let us keep the idea of humility in our minds and hearts as the elections in the United States draw to a close.