3rd Week of Lent : Saturday 9th March, 2024

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Pride and Humility” – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed the “Parable of the Pharisee and Publican” to explain: the pride in our faith, reveals our desires to seek “self-glory.”  But, the humility in our faith, acknowledges our need for God’s Merciful Forgiving Love.  Ponder on, “Do we criticize others for their sins, or are we humble in realizing that we are sinners?”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being upright 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 everyone else, 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 justified; the other did not. For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, but anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.’