Saturday, March 18, 2023

Parables of Jesus: The self-righteous Pharisee and the humble publican

Lluís Raventós
Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Gospel text
Lk 18:9-14
Jesus then addressed this parable (...) "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector".
Gospel's Commentary
Today Jesus "puts a stop" «to some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else». In the parable the Pharisee sticks his foot in his mouth: «'God!’ I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector». Ridiculous! On the other hand, Jesus praises the attitude of the tax collector who prayed by saying: «'God!' "Have mercy on me, for I am a sinner! ». -«For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted»." With the resurrection, the Father glorified His Son humbled at the Cross. .

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