The ‘High Road’ Is The ‘Humble’ Road

I like to think of myself as someone who takes the ‘high road.’ I haven’t been sharing nasty, politically charged memes on Facebook. I haven’t shouted at the TV saying, “what are you people thinking?” or “how can you believe that?” I want to be the one who has a moral agenda but I’m realizing that creates winners and losers, right and wrong, “not-with-me-then-against-me” behavior.

Our gospel text for Sunday is Luke 18:9-14. It’s Jesus’ parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector as they compare their righteousness (right living). In trying to one-up each other they miss the point. The irony of this text is that judgment is God’s business. We – no matter our status – are called to humility and repentance. The Pharisee, whom we presume to be righteous, has much to repent of, but cannot see it. The tax collector, whom we presume is sinful, has much to repent of, and does.

I have an image of God listening in to all our prayers, seeing clearly where I fall short, and also knowing where forgiveness and compassion belong. I guess the ‘high road’ is more like the ‘humble’ road. I can keep on proclaiming a world full of gospel love and justice and let God deal with us all.

Shalom, Pr. Barb
See you in church … and then for our 2nd Moving Off the Map FOCUS GROUP. We have much to learn from you!

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