Jesus is talking about two different people praying, a Pharisee and a tax collector. What they prayed revealed the basis on which they prayed. The religious leader trusted in his own righteousness, Jesus tells us. The tax collector threw himself on God’s mercy. Do we conduct our lives based on our own vision of how much better our own lives are than others, thus in a way justifying ourselves and condemning everyone else? Or do we conduct our lives on the hope that God is merciful to us, and, so, by extension, to everyone else?
If we do the former, we decide “me and mine” and using our power to protect that are all that counts and dismiss – if not destroy – the rest of the world. If we do the latter, we decide that love and mercy are what really counts, and so, perhaps, extend mercy abundantly in a way that includes and offers healing to the whole world.
Keep on… trusting in God’s mercy.
Rev Dawn Chesser