March 13: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

March 13, 2021

Today’s Gospel has a snapshot of a lot of us, I think. We are both the Pharisee and the tax collector. We have the attributes of “Thank goodness I’m not as bad as so and so” or “I could never do anything like that.” And then, there’s the tax collector who recognizes and acknowledges wrongs that he has committed. Let’s not dwell on who we are, but what God wants us to be.

We see what God wants of us in the reading from Hosea: “It is love I desire.” The Scriptures are full of messages from God to us asking us to love others. Why do you think that is? Could it be because loving others is really loving ‘the Other’? And that “Other” is Jesus.

Mary Glover, a volunteer at a soup kitchen in Washington DC, always began with this prayer before the soup kitchen opened each day, “We know, Lord, that you’re coming through this line today, so help us treat you right.” I think Ms. Glover’s prayer helps us to love as Hosea expresses this today. My prayer is, “I know Lord that I will see you today in ‘the Other.’ Help me treat you right.”

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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