DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
“Self-Righteousness”: In today’s Gospel, Jesus points out the self-righteous Pharisee who prides himself to be “holy”, and condemning the publican as a sinner. In contrast, the publican with humility begs for God’s Mercy to forgive his many sins. Which one of these two describes you more accurately?
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else, ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like the rest of mankind, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.”
The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the other did not. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’