Roc Homily (a) – Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016
The Pharisee & the Publican:
We sang the psalm, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor…”
What happens to our prayer when we spend our lives trying not to be poor?
This scene from “The Wizard of Oz” came back to me as I studied this gospel passage: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”
And this points to what I find to be an essential human fear – being unmasked. That’s what Jesus does for us by describing the Pharisee. He described you and me. Ouch.
Part 2 tomorrow.