Saturday, March 5th – Angela Elliott
Gospel: LK 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 tax 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.”
What’s Your B.T.?
Do you know your B.T.? It’s similar to a pain threshold; B.T. (Boast Threshold) is the point beyond which listening to someone’s bragging and boasting causes pain along with a strong temptation to stuff a sock in their mouth - if not actually sock them in the mouth but please refrain. We all know a “Pharisee” who can top whatever story you tell - SNL’s Debbie Downer character - no matter what you’ve done or accomplished the Pharisee quickly eclipses it. It’s all over Twitter and Facebook. Profile name: Olivia One-Upper.
Does God see us in the role of the Pharisee?
Jesus wore a crown of thorns.
On “It’s Your Day” I had this paper crown, and it was pretty flimsy so it kept slipping, and the bobby pins kept scratching my scalp - it was horrible!
Jesus was scourged.
Last summer I got three mosquito bites on my back in this really awkward spot and boy did they itch - excruciating!
Jesus was nailed to a cross.
I got this paper cut- I can’t tell you how I suffered!
Have you met Our Lady of Perpetual Complaints? Know St. John Boastful? Are you the person others patiently tolerate - all the while thinking “My kingdom for a sock!”
If there is any possibility that our spiritual progress report features the comment code, ”Needs to improve humility skills,” try the tax collector’s prayer, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” Not a bad choice in the Year of Mercy!
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