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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
This parable presents both a chance and a warning. Pride leads to illusion and self-deception. Humility helps us to see ourselves as we really are and it inclines us to God's grace and mercy. God dwells with the humble of heart who recognize their own sinfulness and who acknowledge God's mercy and saving grace. Disdain is more than being mean-minded. It springs from the supposition that one is qualified to sit in the seat of judgment and to ascertain who is good and just. Jesus' story caused offense for those who regarded "tax collectors" as unworthy of God's grace and favor. How could Jesus put down a "religious leader" and raise up a "public sinner"? Jesus' parable speaks about the nature of prayer and our relationship with God. It does this by contrasting two very dissimilar attitudes towards prayer. The Pharisee, who represented those who take pride in their religious practices, exalted himself at the expense of others. Absorbed with his own sense of self-satisfaction and self-congratulation he mainly prayed with himself. His prayer consisted of prideful boasts of what he did and of disdain for those he despised. The Pharisee tried to justify himself; but only God can justify. The tax collector, who represented those despised by religious people, humbled himself before God and begged for mercy. His prayer was heard by God because he had regret for his sins. He sought God with humility rather than with pride.
Word of the Day...
Hebrews 4:12The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, your will is our heart's desire. But we realize that we need to be fed more consistently by your Word revealed in Scripture. Give me strength and consistency in our walk with you through your Word. Through your Spirit, inspire us to change what needs to be changed and to be blessed and encouraged in the areas that we need it most. We turn to you and trust in your Word to point us in the way of life. We pray in the name of Infant Jesus. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (October 27, 2013)
Day: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 150
Colour: Green
First Reading: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
Second Reading: 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
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