Standin’ in the Need of Prayer

Fr. Bob’s homily last week…

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

There is certainly a wild contrast between the people at prayer as described by Jesus.  The Pharisee pray-brags from a prominent place in the Temple about his accomplishments while thanking God he is not “like the rest of humanity” especially the forlorn tax collector.  I am not worried we would act like that.  As a matter of fact, I have never seen anyone act like that (outside of seminary).  A more important question is whether or not we can be like the tax collector, who refuses to raise his eyes and only prays, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”  Can we be small enough, aware enough and humble enough to pray as simply and sincerely as that?

I think one of the obstacles we have in praying as the tax collector is comfortability. Our access and success does not make it…

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