Please Don’t Walk On The Water

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted

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

A popular cartoonist colorfully illustrated a large seminary campus complete with impressive buildings, beautiful landscaping, and a large pond. At the water’s edge is a sign which reads:


Today’s Gospel Lesson is a parable in which Jesus tells the story of two men — a pharisee and a tax-collector — who go into the Temple to pray. Says the pharisee (who is an “I can walk on Water” religious type), “I thank You, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like the rest of mankind, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get” (Lk. 18:11). He doesn’t even acknowledge committing a little tiny sin. The tax-collector (a gangster-type) beats his breast and says, “God be merciful to me, a sinner” (Lk. 18:13). After telling the story, Jesus says, “This man I tell you (referring to the tax-collector) went home at rights with God;…

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