Posted by: livingscripture | October 27, 2019

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

October 27, 2019

WORD of the DAY 

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.   (Luke 18: 11-13)

 

 

How shall I live this Word?

Two men went to the temple, probably two righteous men, surely two believing men. The first, the Pharisee, like many of us, has nothing to repent of. He is a person obedient to the laws, he does not steal and he does not disrespect other people. He goes to Mass on Sunday, he makes some small offering for the poor.  He is a good person, he does not hurt anyone. The second, on the other hand, the publican, feels deeply sinful and asks for God’s help and forgiveness.

We too are like the Pharisee, we do not deliberately do evil, but often we do not even do good: our hands are clean … but they are empty of attention for others. We do not look into the eyes of those who walk beside us and perhaps need a look of encouragement;  we do not hold out our hands to those who live on our landing and perhaps need help; we are not interested in those who study or work alongside us and maybe live a time of difficulty and loneliness. And for this, unfortunately, we never ask for forgiveness.

We are not evil Lord, but neither are we good toward others, often due to neglect or superficiality.  Help us to recognize ourselves as sinners, to have our heart and hands ready for those who are near us.  Have mercy on us sinners!

The voice of  Pope Francis

How many people do not do bad things but neither do they do good things, and their life flows in indifference, apathy, tepidity.  This attitude is contrary to the Gospel…remember well: it is good to avoid doing evil, but it is evil to not do good.

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