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FAITH BOOK

30th SUNDAY -C- October 27, 2019

Sirach 35: 12-14, 16-18; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4: 6-8. 16-18; Luke 18: 9-14

By Jude Siciliano, OP

Mini reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. "Faith Book" is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

From today’s Gospel reading:

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."

Reflection:

Some people think our prayer can change God’s mind. Actually, true prayer will change us. But there was no chance that the Pharisee’s prayer would have any transformative effect on him. He seems to think that his extra good life has earned him the reward of salvation. But, in the end, the tax collector is the one who is put right with God because he turned to God for mercy.

So, we ask ourselves:

  • When we pray, how much of our time is spent in saying "Thank you" to God?

  • If, in our daily prayer we started by listing the things we were thankful for, what effect do you think that would have on our relationship with God? With others?


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