Serving the Word: 18th March


Luke 18, 9-14:

“The Pharisee, standing upright, prayed thus within himself: ‘O God, I thank you, for I am not like the rest: thieves, unjust, adulterers; nor like that publican….’. The tax collector, on the other hand, only beat his breast, saying: “O God, have mercy on me, a sinner”.


We all have a bit of the Pharisee in us and a bit of the tax collector.

The Pharisee in me leads me to believe that I am superior to others, to pride, to despise others, to think that I can save myself by my own strength and by the merit of my own works.

Our feeling of being a publican leads me to humility, to recognise myself as a sinner and not to trust in my own strength.

The Pharisee’s attitude will always be wrong and the publican’s attitude will not always be right.

It is good to recognise what we are, but at the same time to recognise that we are children of God and that we are precious and very dear to him.

Our very weaknesses should lead us to joy and optimism.

I am a child of God and my Father loves me and also loves my weakness with infinite mercy.

And also with infinite mercy he forgives my sin.

Good day to you.

Antonio Sanjuan Cmf



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