October 26, 2019
30th Sunday - C (October 27, 2019)
“Their Own Righteousness”
“Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness.”
Most of us have probably found ourselves the Pharisee in this parable.
He lists the good things that he has done. And they are good.
But we must know that when we rely solely on our own “righteousness,” sooner or later, we will fall. Righteousness is God’s gracious gift. It’s free, not earned. God alone is righteous. Our righteousness comes from God.
Therefore, it is a mistake thinking that we can be righteous by our good deeds or achievements. Our “own righteousness” could make us so proud that we think we have no need for God. It could also throw us into despair when we realize that our achievements just won’t cut it.
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