Judgement and Redemption by The Rev. Susan Langle
Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulturers, or event like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
He is a rat! Look at him, who does he think he is standing there! Here of all places. Yes that tax collector is a rat. He is a collaborator, a traitor to his people, to our people. He is collecting for the Man, bringing in revenue for the armed
occupation. The soldiers that march through our streets as if they own them would not be here if the gold of this land didn’t flow through this tax collector right to Rome. And he doesn’t just collect what is owed. He skims off the top something
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