May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102316.cfm

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took 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.’ But the tax collector 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.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

How often do you tell God how good you are? You may not brag to others but you tell God all the wonderful things you do and all the laws that you obey? God knows what we do, even if our neighbors do not. We do not have to tell God but we should be asking Him for His grace and mercy for what we have not done.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, have mercy on me when I fail you. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

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