Reflection on Luke 18:9-14 ~
I look forward to the sacred times when I confess my major sins to a Priest and receive forgiveness from God. I personally find it a more difficult to confess more minor sins in my private space of prayer. I must directly ask God to be merciful to me a sinner, if I am to seek deep prayer distant from everything else. If I cannot, then I am not truly righteous or humble. Most of the time, the first attempt fails, because I become aware of the contempt written on my heart and I must work on erasing it.
Luke 18 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this meditation on Luke 18:9-14.