Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.
THE PHARISEE & THE TAX COLLECTOR.
HUMILITY AND PRAYER.
HUMILITY AND PRAYER.
- God has a weakness for the prayers of the afflicted and oppressed and of those who consider themselves lowly, with humility. Their prayer “pierces the clouds” and will “not rest till it reaches its goal”.
- Our Lord consoles those who are self-effacing and gives them His grace (2 Cor 7:6), listens to the prayers and cries of the poor at heart (Ps 11,6) and is pleased with the person who prays with humility and who repents for his sins.
- the Pharisee, who brags of his meticulous and external fulfilment of the Law, taking “up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income’”; and the tax collector, or publican looked on as a public sinner (cf. Lk 19:7), who “stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’”
- The Pharisee’s prayer was not pleasing to God. Although he begins thanking God, it is not an authentic gratitude because his prayer is more of a boastful enumeration of his merits and good works. Worse still, he compares himself to others, despising them: a proclamation of his self-righteousness which has its root in pride which made him incapable of acknowledging his sins and thus loses the possibility of being pardoned by God. On the other hand, the publican approached God aware of his unworthiness and repentant for his sins. His humble attitude and prayer won God’s heart, praise and forgiveness as well.
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