Continuing my series of translations of the Sunday Gospel readings (Ordinary Form), here is today’s. We kick off were we left off last Sunday, that is St. Luke chapter 18:9. This is another Lucan parable, and a very famous one, usually known as The Pharisee and the Publican (or Tax Collector). Anyway, here goes:
He said then to some, who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous, and set others at nought, this parable: Two men went to the Temple to offer prayers. Now, the one was a Pharisee and the other a Publican. The Pharisee stood up and prayed to himself, ‘O God, I give thanks to you that I am not like other men, the rapacious, the unrighteous, the idolater, or indeed even like this Publican. I fast two days of seven, I give a tenth part of everything I get.’ Yet the Publican, placing himself at a distance, dared not even to lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast saying, ‘O God, be gracious to me who am a sinner!” I say to you, this man went down to his house pronounced righteous rather than that other. For everyone who is self-aggrandising will be brought low, but the one who regards himself little will be magnified.