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The Lord invites you to welcome two persons to accompany you today—one, a widow, the other, a tax collector, also known as a publican. You will come to know them by how they contrast with other characters in two parables unique to St. Luke. Joining with the widow is a judge who likely basks in being called “Your Honor,” but who has honor neither for God nor for humans. The person forever linked to the publican is the arrogant Pharisee who spends his time, not in praying, but in boasting in self-righteousness. The widow is a model for persistent, confident prayer; the publican is an example of total abandon, humility, and trust before God. These two are your teachers today about how you need to grow in prayer.
Never losing heart in prayer v. 18
God be merciful to me. v. 13
All the humble, exalted v. 14
“Let the children come to me.” v. 16
This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.
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