October 23, 2016.
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The one who wrote this book was a wise and pius is Jew of the second century Before Christ.
He cam to know that God shows favorites but deals equally with all people.
We know that God answers the prayers of all, but He is also concerned for those who are oppressed for the widow, the orphan, and the ones who cannot help themselves.
We know we need to show gratitude to God, but the times we are so busy that we can forget completely about any prayer or dialogue with our God.
In the second reading we hear the letter Paul has written to Timothy. He talks often about his struggles and sufferings as a part of the journey to eternal life.
As he writes this letter he knows that his execution is eminent. He says, on his deathbed, that he has fought the good fight.
His words can help each of us in our struggles, in our difficulties, to understand that they are a part of our daily journey or race (as St. Paul says) to eternal life. When the daily going gets rough pray that we too can daily use the words of St. Paul...
Sometimes we may fail but we see our failures and pray to begin again. We never give up.
In the Gospel Jesus speaks to some people who trusted in themselves and consider themselves as righteous and yet they despised others who are not as they are.
At times we can catch ourselves in the above mode..I am so glad I am not like.....
I remember well one of my pastors, a very holy man, who love to say to me...Lord I thank you that I am not like Fr. Doug, but I do everything right... and then would laugh.
Seriously, when we discover our thinking like this, it is the time to pray for our conversion.
As we watch the prep for the elections we might discover we are more like the Pharisee that we judge those who do not think as we do)...
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.