Oct 23 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Presumption, Hope, Suffering
The Pharisee in today's gospel presumed on his own merit and--praying to himself--compares himself to sinners. But we must remember that we cannot justify ourselves, we are all sinners, and that from those who have received more will be expected. We cannot presume, but we must hope. Sometimes, this hope is tried by suffering, but we must accept the sufferings God sends us, since it is by accepting them that we receive the grace to carry them with joy and peace. We must do what we can, realizing how little it is, and rely, in hope, on God.
Mass: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday
1st: sir 35:12-14, 16-18
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2nd: 2ti 4:6-8, 16-18
Gsp: luk 18:9-14