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"Not like the rest of men"

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Most times I’ve heard the words of the Pharisee in the lection for Trinity 11 rendered, “I thank you that I am not like other men.” That’s good as far as it goes but it doesn’t go far enough.  The text actually reads, “I thank you that I am not like the rest of men.” […]

Notes for Trinity 11 – Luke 18:9-14

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Pius Parsch, “The Church’s Year of Grace” Humility is the liturgy’s principal lesson; humility, the signpost infallibly pointing the way to the kingdom of God…. “A proud saint is a devil, a humble sinner is a saint.” (4:107) The parable is a resume’ of the whole story of God’s dealing with men, and it also […]

The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

+ + Jesu Juva + + + The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Text: Luke 18:9-14 In the Name of the Father, and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. God does not think like man does. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. For as the […]

Robert Farrar Capon on Luke 18:9-14

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Here are some snippets of a sermon by Robert Farrar Capon, an Episcopalian priest. This from his book Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus, published by Eerdmans. I commend the whole sermon to you. If you have not the book, perhaps this will whet your appetite to buy the […]

Kenneth Bailey on Luke 18:9-14

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Kenneth Bailey, “Through Peasant Eyes“ Middle Easterners read [this logion] and assume a parable about public worship…. A part of our problem in the West is that the English verb “pray” is almost exclusively applied to private devotions, and the verb “worship” is used for corporate worship. However, in biblical literature, the verb “pray” can […]