Every so often I receive a message on my smart phone concerning my email. The message informs me that the quantity of emails exceed the phone’s capacity to view them. This then is a reminder to me to return to my email account and delete the oldest emails making room for those more current messages to arrive. There must be an automatic setting that takes care of that but I have yet to discover it on my current service. This weekend’s Biblical lessons center upon the attitude and demeanor with which to approach the Almighty in prayer. According to St. Teresa, “prayer is conversation with God who loves us.” In this weekend’s Gospel lesson according to St. Luke two people engage in prayer or conversation with God. St. Luke rightly adds the preamble: “The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself…..” Luke 18:11. The story assists us in understanding that the Pharisee was proud of his spiritual discipline and accomplishments. He had been very successful in matters pertaining to the Law more than others especially the sinner, the tax collector, in the back of the room. God deserves to bless him after all look how faithful he has been. With his accomplishments he attempts to push the hand of God. However his pride blocked him from receiving anything from the Almighty. He had no room left for God. He was too full of himself. Meanwhile, the public sinner, the tax collector, realizing his own unworthiness, barely lifts his eyes to heaven and professes, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner” Luke 18:13. The tax collector has nothing to brag about to God. He empties himself before God who can justify him. Out of both petitioners, the tax collector’s prayer is heard. In our prayer and conversation with God, let us honor God worthily. Let us know our place before the Almighty. Let us empty ourselves to have room to accept humbly God’s blessings and when blessed let us freely share those blessings with others.
TOWN MEETING… This weekend Fr. Ron and members of the Executive Committee of the Parish Pastoral Council engage the Sunday congregation in a “Town Meeting.” This is an opportunity for the congregation to hear important information and dialogue together about the future directions of the parish community. Our prayers are with our sisters and brothers of St. Martin de Porres Faith Community.