The tax collector … would not even raise his eyes to heaven.  Rather, he kept beating his breast as he said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”  – Lk 18:13

Reflection.  The Pharisees were proud and haughty.  Jesus was angry with them.  He ridiculed them repeatedly.  When the lowly tax collector thought himself to be unworthy, he stood afar off, beating his breast and saying, “Be merciful to me a sinner.”  Jesus rewarded him for his humility.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, help me to imitate the humility of the tax collector.