Lectio Reflection on Luke 18:9-14 – Be Merciful to Me
I look forward to the sacred times when I confess my major sins before a Priest who “in persona Christus” can hear my serious sins. With my complete trust in a Priest, I believe I receive God’s forgiveness. I find it far more difficult to confess more minor sins by myself. A seeker of deep prayer, distant from everything else, I often ask God to be merciful to me, a sinner. I am not truly righteous or humble if I cannot do so. Each time I try, but sometimes I fail because I become aware of the contempt written on my heart. I find that I must step back to let a transformation of readiness occur. As I meditate on mistakes I have made, they partially wash away, not as if they did not exist, but a portion of the memory remains to remind me not to do it again.
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Luke 18:9-14 – Scripture*
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 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.”
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Luke 18 passage.