In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
The Parable in today’s Gospel Reading is further proof that good works do not save us. If good works saved, then roles would have been reversed. The Pharisee would have gone down to his house justified, while the tax collector went home condemned. The Pharisee wasn’t an extortioner, blackmailing money out of scared old widows. He wasn’t unjust, he never cheated on his wife, and as the cherry on the sundae, he wasn’t a thieving, sell-out-to-the-Romans tax collector. On top of all the unlawful things he avoided, he went over and above the demands of the Law! He fasted twice a week, and gave 10% of all he had, not just of income and agriculture as the Law demanded. Compare him to the stereotypical tax collector and he should have eternal life in the bag, earned years and years ago.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).