LISTEN: Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C
At the heart of today’s readings is the distinction between a gift and a reward. God is always gifting us, blessing us, and bestowing grace upon us. It is not something we can ever earn or take for granted, rather we can only say how unworthy we are of it and thank God for his abundant generosity. We read in the first reading that it is the prayer of the humble that pierces the clouds. In the psalm we hear how the poor man cried and the Lord heard him. The Gospel passage speaks about two ways of praying, a false way—that of the Pharisee—and an authentic way—that of the tax collector.
Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he looks at how we can pray when we acknowledge the many gifts God has given us.
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Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14,16-19; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14
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