Friday, September 20, 2019 UTC

FEB 9, 10 & 12: SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & THE PHARISEE & PRE-LENTEN READING PREPARATION

pubphar05 FEB 9:  VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM (SN), CONFESSIONS  -5:30 PM; FEB 10: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM, FEB 12: 6TH HOUR & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM.

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee: SundayofPublicanandPharisee

Readings for Sunday of Publican and Pharisee: PRELentenReadingSundayof PublicanandPharisee

The name for this Sunday is taken from the parable found in Luke 18:10-14 which is the Gospel Reading for today. Its a story of 2 men, one a Pharisee, a diligent observer of the Law, and the other a Publican, who collects taxes. Jesus affirms in the story the Publican returned home forgiven rather than the Pharisee, because “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The parable’s theme is repentance. It signifies “renewal or to be transformed inwardly in our relationship with God and with others”; rather than self-pity or futile regret over things done in the past.  The Pharisee’s pride is in the way of his desire to change his outlook; while the Publican, truly longs for a “change” and humbles himself as a sinner and knows salvation is only found in the mercy of God. This is true humility, an essential aspect of repentance. The Gospel reminds us of the dangers of hypocrisy and the need for true humility in order to come close to God.