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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Ordinary Time: August 17th


Commentary on the Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost:

"The Pharisee stood and began to pray. . . ‘O God. . .I am not like the rest of men. . .’ But the publican. . .kept striking his breast saying, 'O God, be merciful to me the sinner'" (Gospel).

Pride is the curse of our day! The Pharisee, self-sufficient, self-righteous, wants the applause of men, while pretending to honor God. A hypocrite! Yes, he does refrain from some misdeeds but he neglects the essence of religion, love for God and neighbor. And he measures himself not by the All-Perfect God, but by imperfect men.

Humility is our salvation! The publican confesses his misuse of grace, appeals for pardon, shows a willingness to atone. For him God will "multiply. . .mercy". From him He will "accept the sacrifice. . .upon (the) altar" .

God is the source of all "gifts," intended to lead us and others back to Himself, not to "dumb idols".

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