Mercy

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Luke 18: 9-14

You have to begin with the obvious fact is that the Pharisee is an arrogant fool. He simply has to make sure he is different from everyone else.  He probably dresses differently to get noticed.  He takes the most prominent position and makes sure that everyone knows he is praying. I just realized that I am the Pharisee. 

That is in stark contrast to the tax collector, who beginning a two thousand year old tradition in the Catholic Church, chooses to sit in the back of the congregation, dares not to raise his eyes to heaven, beats his breast and prays, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”  And his is the prayer that justifies.  He is the one God exalts because he has named precisely what we need from God.

Mercy is far more than just the forgiveness…

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