Mass Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102719.cfm
In the parable that Jesus teaches about in this Sunday’s gospel, we see how He condemns the Pharisee whose prayer was more self-serving than the tax collector, who was beating his breast and saying, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” We must identify more with the tax collector in that he is honest with himself and presents himself as he truly is: a sinner. The same is asked of us. It is God’s grace alone that justifies us; it is our total dependence on his mercy that saves us.
What kind of attitude do we bring with us to Mass each weekend? Do we feel proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished this week? Or do we feel inadequate, sorry for all the times we’ve failed, aware of our human weaknesses? As we celebrate the Eucharist together, let us examine our consciences and recognize our need for God’s mercy.
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