Beggars all

Posted on October 25, 2010


We live in the age of customized functions and remote controls — we can get what we want, when we want it. When was the last time we begged for something from the Lord?

The sin of the Pharisee in this Sunday’s Gospel is not only self-righteousness, but also self-sufficiency to a fault. He is everything good he can think of — he prays more, fasts more, tithes more — and can ask God for nothing more. The tax collector, on the other hand, knows who he is: a beggar in the eyes of the Lord. Mercy is all he asks for.

As we move through the week, let us reflect on how the resources at our disposal have made us forget our dependence on the Lord — for the gift of waking up each day, for the love of other people, for the serendipitous surprises that come our way.

This week, let us beg for the grace to actually beg for something from God the Provider. Amen.