Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 29, A.D. 2003

Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:3-4,18-21b
Luke 18:9-14

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

About forgiveness...

Today's Gospel story is about our own self-righteousness. We read about two men, one a Pharisee and the other a lowly, utterly despised, tax collector. The Pharisee was filled with pride and arrogance, judging others. The tax collector was very humble and obedient to the laws of God, bowing his head and beating his breast, as he prayed to God for mercy and forgiveness. What must we the Pharisees and tax collectors in today's world do?

"For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice." (Hosea 6:6)

What a difference these opposite attitudes can make in the way we live our lives. If we have the mindset of the Pharisee, we expect God to see what a "great job" we are doing as we progress through Lent. We expect God will "see" what we have accomplished and reward us accordingly. If we are walking in the shoes of the tax collector, that's something different, we realize that we cannot earn righteousness on our own.

We can try "giving" (not giving something up) this Lent. It's not too late, just do something for someone whom you love, that you would not normally do, but don't tell them. Allow yourself the freedom of applying Luke's Gospel lesson in a way that will allow you to experience God's grace, in a special way. If we imitate the tax collector, we'll make God's mercy and love the foundation of our lives.

Lord Jesus,
renew our Faith today and every day.
Allow us to follow in your footsteps
as we journey toward your Easter Triduum.

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)


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