This Gospel passage provides is a mirror that leads us to take a good look at our lives and see ourselves in light of the story. Sometimes what we see is affirming and many times the reflection is uncomfortable. This story in Luke 18:9-14 invites us to take a good look at ourselves and consider this: Are we like the Pharisee or the tax collector? By what standard do we evaluate ourselves or measure our discipleship?
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Will we be open to self examination and consider how we might grow in our faith?
See you this Sunday at 8:15am, 9:30am, and 11:00am as we look into The Gospel Mirror.