Saturday 14 November 2020

About Today Readings

3 John 5-8. Happy are those who fear the Lord – Psalm 111(112):1-6. Luke 18:1-18.

Work for justice

The parable of the pharisee and the tax collector is sitting rather uncomfortably with me right now. The prayer of the pharisee could be mine: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector’. I don’t fast twice a week, but I do make sure to give some of what I earn to charities, I try to make ethical decisions about the goods I consume and purchase, I try to work for justice in my little sphere of influence and advocate for a preferential option for the poor. Yet, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ For I sometimes don’t love those closest to me, those who are hardest to love because they have trusted me with their most vulnerable, scared and anxious selves and I am sometimes too tired and wounded to love them as they need. For I sometimes want to keep my privilege and my personal comfort, because it is too hard to be completely stripped of ego and join myself wholeheartedly with the poor and voiceless. God, have mercy on us all because we all sin and fall short of the mark.

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