Jesus' parable (Luke 18: 9-14) encourages humble prayer. My contemporary parable describes the postures of the Pharisee and tax collector with a different image.
contemporary society to discuss the contrast between prideful and humble postures,
Jesus might use a different image from that of the Pharisee and tax collector
at prayer in the Temple. Think of the
sort of anonymous human behavior described in his parable, the two strangers
acting so differently in a public place, the one boastful and contrasting
himself to the meeker one. Where in
modern life does this type of contrast so often occur? Let me suggest:
drivers are moving along the highway, the one in a big red Mercedes with the
lights on, the other in a small VW. As a sign of self-earned prosperity the
Mercedes driver maneuvers along the crowded highway at high speed in the
passing lane. But then the Mercedes is slowed by the VW driver moving at
about the speed limit and passing a slower truck or two. The Mercedes driver tailgates the VW,
flashes the lights and finally sounds the horn, all this an arrogant expression of the Mercedes’
superiority. The VW driver hastens
to pass the trucks and moves into the right lane.
down the highway the VW driver will not fail to notice the Mercedes driver
stopped and delayed on the shoulder with the flashing lights of the State Police
parked at the Mercedes rear bumper.
Passing on the VW will deliver its driver at the appointed time for a
scheduled meeting. “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
I drive an
older car on the highway just about every week or so. And I am not always so yielding either in
thought or action to the tailgaters. The
truly humble driver would always assume an emergency in the car of the
tailgater, a baby about to be born, for example......
Sun breaks out to welcome runners on Sunday afternoon, October 9
Father Steve Isaac leads the prayer before the start of the CYO regional track meet at the Jesuit Center property. Several age groups compete beginning here with the K-2nd grade girls. This group basically ran around the building! The 7th and 8th grade took on some hills and valleys.
And they're off!
One runner approaches the finish line and her green colored medallion band!