An Attitude of Gratitude

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Run Time: 12:57. Gospel: Lk 18: 9-14.

The Pharisee coming in – quite full of himself – and even the way Jesus describes his prayer: ‘He spoke this prayer to himself.’ He read his credentials before God: ‘O God I’m pretty darn good. You’re lucky to have me. I’m not like the rest of these.’ It is a recitation of his own merits and of his own pride. And it’s for this that Jesus says, ‘he did not go home justified.’ It’s not that the things he did were not good. We’re not lead to doubt that when he says ‘I’m not greedy, dishonest or adulterous,’ that he was lying. But he accounted them to himself as his own accomplishments and rewards. The works that he’s done – the fasting, the tithing. If every Christian did as much the world would be a very different place. But again … these things have all happened on the surface and he has not let them move his heart. He has no gratitude before God.