Convinced You Are Righteous?

Greetings on this the Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Readings: Hos 6:1-6; PS 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab; Lk 18:9-14
Notes:

Mercy is defined by humility.
We have the power to choose mercy.
In humility we find our reason.

Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.

First reading
For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice,
and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Responsorial Psalm
It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

Verse Before the Gospel
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.

Gospel Portion
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.

But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’

The one who humbles himself will be exalted.
Be exalted to be mercy.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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