From today’s Gospel reading:
Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to
I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity –
greedy, dishonest, adulterous – or even like this tax
twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income."
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?