Gospel of Luke 18:9-14 Reflection:
Today's reading contains one of my favourite lines of scripture which sums up in a few words the difference between the way the people of God see the world and the way the people of the world see it.
The first man mentioned is a Pharisee who knows that he is a good man and who believes that he has a hold on God.
The second is a tax collector, a social outcast and a sinner who "does not dare to raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and said, God be merciful to me a sinner."
The Pharisee in his words prays in the way of the people of the world. The great prayer of these people is "I believe that I have the right to this or that," and they make themselves and their desires the centre of everything, even their prayer.
Let us read how Luke puts this very succinctly: "The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself."
The Pharisee did not need to pray to God. He is his own God, he makes his own rules on morals, on what he should or should not do. He is a self sufficient man.
What need has he of God?
Remind you of the world of today??