13 March 2010
Today’s Readings: Hos 6:1-6/Lk 18:9-14
Jesus spoke for the benefit of some who were convinced that they were righteous. The righteous are those who are pleasing to God because they do his will. Jesus for his part states that no one can attribute righteousness to self or to one’s merits because God’s children receive everything form the Father. We must confess that a few generations back, Christian morality was often preached according to the Pharisees’ approach. What seemed important was for people to behave decently and they were allowed to believe that they would deserve salvation if they did good works. We do not insist much on the fact that salvation comes from the grace of God who calls whom he wants.
Many times in our lives we are no less than the pharisees and the publicans. At one moment we claim that we fulfill God’s law and that we take credit to our selves thinking that we no longer need God’s mercy. We too are pictures of the publicans who admit our sinfulness and wait for God’s forgiveness whenever we fall. How then do we live up to our calling as true followers and children of God?
Loving Father, let us always see your presence in whatever we do, wherever we are. Teach us to recognize everything that is good as grace coming from you. In Jesus ‘ name we pray. Amen.