Saturday, March 9

DAILY MASS READINGS

  • Hosea 6:1-6
  • Psalm 51
  • Luke 18:9-14

In the Gospel for Mass today, Saint Luke presents two people who both make their way to the Temple to pray. One is a religious “pharisee”  and the other is an unscrupulous publican or tax-collector (Luke 18:9-14). Surprisingly, humility and charity are lacking in the seemingly religious former figure and found in the latter person.

Never can genuine and effective prayer be boasting. It only is prayer when God is the focus of our attention and we are not preoccupied with ourselves. Persevere in asking the Lord Jesus for His mercy compassion which we need always and everywhere.

What is more important to keeping the house standing: fancy trim adorning the exterior drawing the intrigue of people passing by or the solid stone block in the foundation that no one ever sees?