Saturday 3rd week of Lent
"Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else, the bible says.
Like this Pharisee who didn't feel the need for mercy, nor sought it. He wasn't praying but was rather boasting to God. Boastful people don't leave justified with God, only the humble do.
There are people whom I fear will run out of the letter 'I', always exalting themselves to God and their fellow man. 'Look at wonderful me', 'praise me' they demand. As Shakespeare said 'full of sound and fury signifying nothing...'
Be humble, stay humble.
The Season of Lent is a special time for us to slow down, look inward and make the necessary changes to truly become an Easter people.