“The Me-sus Prayer”
Luke 18: 11: “The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people ….’” In his prayer, the Pharisee mentions himself five times; his God twice. The tax-gatherer mentions God and himself one time each. Who was justified, made right before God? If we miss this, we miss the point of today’s commemoration of Ash Wednesday.