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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

Meeting God with humility PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 27 October 2019: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pray!The publican returned to his home justified; the pharisee did not

...The Pharisees are a tragic group in the gospel story. Theirs was a movement of popular piety that aimed to promote a revival of Israel’s traditions. Many of them were honourable; and not a few found faith in Christ. This parable, however, highlights the issue that brought some of them into conflict with Jesus. These people thought they were ‘at rights with God’, and faithful to the God of the covenant, through their strict observance of the externals of the Law’s requirements. Luke has already described Jesus’ criticism of the Pharisees for preferring external observance to ‘justice and the love of God’ (11:42), and for a love of money that had no thought for almsgiving (16:14). The Pharisee in the story is pleased with himself, because he does more than the Law requires in his fasting and the tithes he gives. He brings these practices of his to the Lord, as establishing his claim on God’s favour. His spirit of self-sufficiency is echoed ironically in the telling of the story – in his prayer, he is speaking 'to himself'.

The only attitude on our part, that opens a genuine meeting with God, is one of humility...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series









 
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