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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

30 Sunday in Ordinary Time ‘c’

Jesus said: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” And there is the temptation to think that I am better than him or her. My house is nicer than my neighbor’s house. I am much younger and stronger than that old lady that I see each morning. My daughter is much more talented than my sister’s kids. I was born in this country and thankfully I have no accent like that person in the church next to me. And we may never give voice to these feelings, we may even be nice, polite, smile, and ready to help… but we may think inside of ourselves that we are better -- better looking, smarter, more blessed than other people -- and perhaps we are! But at the same time, we should humbly admit our own limitations since we all have them too. Try to think today how you pray when you come to church: are you focusing on God or you are distracted thinking about others? maybe thinking: she dresses inappropriately, why does he kneel for communion, why does he sit in a front pew, he is a bad person. Jesus doesn’t want the prayer of the Pharisee, He wants a prayer of a tax collector who simply prayed: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”

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