The prayer of the tax collector admits who he is and asks for God’s grace. The prayer of the Pharisee sounds more like the recitation of a résumé. The Pharisee demonstrates no need of God or God’s grace. The Pharisee uses his religious accomplishments to build a wall between himself and others (like the tax collector). When in proper relationship with God ones acts of piety and devotion can become a bridge to others as one is led to realize a mutual need for God and God’s gracious love. Build bridges, not walls!
St. Paul’s News and Notes: The people of St. Paul’s are partners with the Karnes City Schools to provide school supplies and backpacks of food to provide meals on the weekends for needy students. St. Paul’s will be hosting 5th Quarter after the home football game this Friday, Nov. 1.