The One Who Was Self-Righteous and the One Who Wasn’t (Luke 18:9-14)

Luke 18:9-14 (NRSV): The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 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!’ 14 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.”


What is this parable helping me see today?

What is problematic about self-righteousness or contempt for others? How are these tendencies subtly present in me, if they are?

In what ways is my lack of humility hurting me or others?