Saturday, March 9 ::: Humble

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He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14

[audio ] sound  ::  Wayfaring Stranger, Ed Sheeran (2011)

image  ::   Transfiguration Study, Michelangelo  Buonarroti (early 16th century)

Transfiguration Study, Michelangelo  Buonarroti (early 16th century.)Almighty, eternal Son of God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thou who art the eternal Word and Image of the father, our Mediator and Redeemer, who died for us and rose again, with all my heart I give Thee thanks, for Thou didst take upon Thyself the nature of a man and became my Deliverer, didst suffer physical pain, didst die and arise again. And now Thou art pleading for me. I beseech Thee, look graciously upon me and have mercy, for I am alone and in need. I beseech Thee, look graciously upon me and have mercy, for I am alone and in need. Through Thy Holy Spirit increase in me the light of faith, help me to overcome my weakness; guide, protect and make me pure. In Thee do I put my trust, O Lord; let me never be ashamed.

Philipp Melanchthon, 16th century

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