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...