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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

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Gospel text (Lk 18:9-14): Jesus 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 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 whoever 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 those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else." In the parable the Pharisee sticks his foot in his mouth: "O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector.” Ridiculous! On the other hand, Jesus praises the attitude of the tax collector who prayed by saying: "O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”

—" for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." The Father glorified with the resurrection His Son humbled at the Cross.