The publican … kept striking his breast, saying, “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” – Lk 18:13

Reflection. Jesus favored the publican even though others saw him as a traitor, a tax collector for the Romans.  Jesus saw that his heart was pure, and He showed him mercy.

Prayer. Lord, make my mind and heart like Your own.  Let me see beyond first appearances.  Make me an instrument of Your love.