You and I are probably a mix between the Pharisee and the Tax collector. At times we recognize our guilt and seek God’s forgiveness and at other times we are very proud of ourselves and forget to recognize God in our successes and see ourselves in such a positive light that we also forget that we are still sinful in many ways and in need of God’s mercy.
At the core of all of our sins is a failure to love. A deep awareness of sin is a sign that God is very much part of our lives and that we desire to receive God’s mercy, knowing that we depend upon it in order to overcome our weaknesses. It will also help us to be more compassionate and understanding towards others in their sinfulness and weakness.
“God, be merciful to me, a sinner,” This prayer makes a connection with God because it recognizes that God's greatest quality in relation to fallen creation, is his mercy and because the tax collector's prayer recognizes his personal need for that mercy. God wants to connect with us, but he can only do so if we let him, and we can't let him if we don't think we need him.
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.