October 27 - "Thank you God, that I am so much holier than that guy over there..."

That's what the Pharisee prayed.

Contrast it with:

"God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

This summarizes the difference between the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (publican) in this story. Father Jonathan comes to the defense of the Pharisees and puts this parable in context.

Jesus loved both Pharisees and Tax Collectors.

We need to recognize that the very act of criticizing the Pharisee, is doing exactly what we are condemning him for doing. "Thank you God for making me superior to all those people who think they are so superior ..." (!)

When Pope Francis (the most famous Christian in the world) is asked: "Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?" His answer is very clear:

 "I am a sinner. Whom the Lord has looked upon."

Take the simple lesson from this parable and from Pope Francis. Then stop.