Gospel for the 30th Sunday of Year

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.

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