Saturday, the 3rd week of Lent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Dominic Savio
Readings for today’s Mass
Today's gospel offers a dramatic contrast between humility and arrogance. It's a tale two prayers by two pray-ers. In pointing out the difference, Jesus chooses his words most carefully.
In the case of one, Jesus observes that he spoke a prayer to himself. He didn't offer a prayer, he spoke it. Sort of like the way we do sometimes when we rattle off memorized prayer without really listening to the words of he prayer. Further, Jesus notes that he spoke the prayer to himself, not to God. The prayer seems to have been for his own benefit. This man saw himself as a finished work with no need for a redeemer.
The other pray-er stayed in the shadows and could not even raise his eyes to heaven. The profundity of his prayer was in the way he presented himself, as a sinner in need of mercy. O God, have mercy on me, a sinner. This man owned his imperfection and asked for mercy and grace. I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former, Jesus said.
As you pray, remember that, while your actions may aid your prayer, God may not be so interested in your piety and devotionals. With all of its imperfections, God most cares about what is in your heart. Recall the words you heard when you began your Lenten journey: Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God, who is gracious and merciful.