A Pain In The Neck!

**Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector** (Luke 18:10).

Luke 18:10
Sirach 35:12-14,16-18; Psalms 34:2-3,17-19,23; II Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14

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Two brothers were nearing death. Envious of his brother, the older of the two asked God:

Why has my brother been blessed with wealth and happiness and I with nothing? All of my life I never missed a single day without saying my morning and evening prayers. My Church attendance has been perfect. I have made not a single decision in my life without first calling Your Name. And now, as I am nearing my final days, I pray to You day and night. Yet I can hardly afford to pay my meager rent. My brother on the other hand drinks and gambles all night long. Not once have I heard him in prayer. Yet my brother has more money than he can count. So I ask you God not to punish my brother but to tell me why have You allowed him such wealth and happiness while I have been left with nothing?

“Because,” God replied, “you are such a self-righteous pain-in-the-neck!”

As they…

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