In today’s first reading we hear the Prophet Hosea speaking on behalf of God and saying: “For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hos: 6:6).
Today, as we continue to search for ways of being present and loving to one another in the midst of social distancing we look to scripture for wisdom of how best to proceed.
In our Gospel parable, Jesus puts before us two main characters and each of them represent a strong pull within human beings. The first, as exemplified by the Pharisee, would leave us totally self-focused, solely prioritizing our own needs and interests, and in so doing distancing ourselves us from the God of love. The other, as exemplified by the tax collector in today’s Gospel (Lk 18:9-14) who came before God of Mercy acknowledging his brokenness / sinfulness, but in bringing his broken and contrite heart to God, he was able to get past his fears, forget himself, and allow the love and mercy of God to wash over his broken and contrite heart. That openness and vulnerability before the God of mercies, can only led to loving kindness in each of us.
Pray that today we can humbly and vulnerably come before God, and allow the God of Mercy to strengthen our broken and contrite hearts and show us how to love well.