Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, by S. Monica Zore, OSF

First Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm: 34:2-3, 17-18,
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel: Luke 18: 9-14

I have struggled with the parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector. Though I know that I am a sinner, I know that is not how I approach my God in prayer. I realized as I pray with the parable this time that I definitely identified more with the Pharisee. I would love to know that I have completed the checklist of things to do to get to heaven. And yet there are not enough good deeds that I could do that would earn me that privilege. The tax collector recognizes that undeserving as he is, God is there to receive him. And that is what our God desires, our willingness to come and give all and not be concerned with the items on a checklist. When we love, we do not have the time to count what has been done. We are caught up in the loving.

O loving God, You have lavished me with blessings. Help me trust in Your mercy and Your knowledge of my heart’s desire. Help me to respond generously, willingly, eagerly as I am called throughout my day to serve and share Your love. Help me to know that my effort is enough and all that You ask. Amen.

S. Monica Zore, OSF

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