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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 27, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 18:9-14

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 christ-in-the-wilderness-awakingtax 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.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Prayer is always a conversation between God and each of us. The tax collector as he stands in the temple knows that someone is listening to him. The Pharisee exalt himself in his prayer. He is not listening to God. There is no conversation; the Pharisee is essentially praying to himself.

Spiritual reading: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? (Mary Oliver)

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