Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: The tax collector went home at rights with God, the Pharisee did not.
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday October 27 2019
Gospel: Lk 18: 9-14
My dear friends, very few people are like the Pharisee or the tax collector in the parable Jesus describes, for he uses two extremes to make his point. The Pharisee is a good law abiding citizen, a pillar of society, who pays his taxes, lives practically and simply, and is socially and charitably very generous. The tax collector is the opposite, one of a category the Bible refers to as sinners, men without scruples that put themselves, money and their own affairs above all else. But the tables turn in our story, for before God the Pharisee is self-righteous with no room for God, while the tax collector is humble and made just by God. [Some religious people are unwittingly and unknowingly caught in the pharisaical trap.]
My friends, we Christians are called to have traits of both Pharisee and tax collector, but the opposite way around to the way they are presented in the Gospel. That is, we need to be like the Pharisee in our everyday living and like the tax collector in the Temple. Like the Pharisee in life, we are called to be good law abiding citizens, contributing to our community and society, while living simply. Like the tax collector in the Temple we come before God with empty hands, we acknowledge our need for God’s grace and mercy and hence we are justified by God.
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
Let us be like the Pharisee in our everyday living and like the tax collector before God