Oct. 24, 2010 –Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
After all, the Pharisee was respectable, as he reminded God in his prayer. He proclaimed himself clean of the sins of greed, dishonesty, and adultery. He pointed out that he fasted twice a week, instead of the once a week commonly practiced. He even asserted his own generosity, evidenced by tithing his entire income. The Pharisee was indeed respectable. He even sounds like the sort of parishioner many pastors would love to have. He’s never in trouble, and his pledge is always up to date.