March 14, 2015
Jesus told a story about a “righteous” Pharisee and a despised 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.’” Lk 18:9-14
Do we ever do that, beloved: 1. think that we are so righteous because of the things we DO, or 2. compare ourselves to others, thinking how much better, blessed, or even lucky we are, that we’re not in their position? Funny, as life goes on, we very often find ourselves, at some later time, EXACTLY in the position they were in: unemployed, poor, sinful, despised, ill and in pain…
Today’s Scriptures tell us that God is not looking for sacrifice, but for love! It may not be in our human natures, not to compare, not to judge, not to try to be great in our own eyes, but that is what Jesus is asking us to work on. And that may be a whole lot harder than giving up some chocolate or even volunteering at the Food Bank for Lent. Again, it’s all about love! How much can we really LOVE: God and our fellow humankind, in recognition that we are JUST LIKE THEM – in greatness AND in need?
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