Saturday 18 March 2023

About Today Readings

St Cyril of Jerusalem

Hosea 5:15 – 6:6. It is steadfast love, not sacrifice, that God desires – Psalm 50(51):3-4, 18-21. Luke 18:9-14.

‘Help me, heal me, have compassion and mercy on me’

Today’s Gospel serves as a reminder of what our prayer might be like through Lent. Not like the Pharisee, giving thanks for all the misfortunes he has adeptly avoided. Though if we are honest our prayer can become a bit like this. If we are true to the relationship Jesus opens the way for, we come before God saying with the tax collector, help me, heal me, have compassion and mercy on me.

Not because we are inherently bad, but because we are inherently good. The more we are aware of God’s goodness, and the way we are an image and likeness of it, then we know both how much we need God to be good, and the pain of failing to live out that goodness. Our starting point for a helpful, growing self-awareness is the love and compassionate mercy of God.

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