Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time • Year C

Today, we see the importance of the disposition of humility in prayer. The humble and honest prayer of the tax collector reveals his true self. His example serves as a reminder to us that with and in humility we are invited to begin and end all prayer. What other thoughts does this Gospel raise for us?

Augustine For Today


“We should shout for joy when we look upon the whole of creation: the earth, the sea, the sky, and all the creatures in it with their own time for birth, existence, and decline. We watch the stars revolve from east to west as the time speeds by in hours and years. We see the hints of an invisible something, a spirit or soul, in living things which enables them to seek pleasure, flee from harm, and avoid decay. In ourselves we perceive a quality of mind that seems almost divine, a quality whereby we are not only able to live and see and hear like other animals but are able to think about God and distinguish justice from injustice as the eye can tell white from black.”

Commentary on Psalm 99, 5