The Publican and the Pharisee (2010)

Then the Lord told this parable: “Two men went up into the    temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee 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 every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be  exalted.”   (Luke 18:10-14)

St. John Chrysostom wrote:  

St. John Chrysostom

 

“You see, even if a person was above reproach in countless ways and accomplished every virtue, and yet became filled with self-importance, that person would be the most pitiable and wretched of all.  This was made clear to us in what that well-known Pharisee went through, flattering himself by comparison with Publican and frittering away all the wealth of his virtue through his own words, rendering himself empty-handed and bereft, and suffering a startling and novel shipwreck: having reached the very port he lost all his precious cargo.  … For this reason, of course, Christ too instructed his disciples in these words: ‘When you have done everything, say, We are unprofitable servants’…”  (HOMILIES ON GENESIS)