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Saturday 3rd of Lent

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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". Jesus then 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 everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

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»." The Father glorified with the resurrection His Son humbled at the Cross.