Lent Reflections with DOCAT Day 21

Stefanie BrossLent with DOCAT

Daily Gospel

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 18:9-14.

Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity–greedy, dishonest, adulterous–or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”


In today’s Gospel, Jesus confronts a Pharisee who complies with all the laws, but disregards a customs officer who repents of his sins. Once again, Jesus wants to use this example to make visible the Father’s merciful love: A love that is not condemned but compassionate, a love that does not expect performance but simply accepts and gives itself away.  Let us allow ourselves to be touched by this love today instead of clinging to the superficialities of this world.

Quote from DOCAT

Charity is at the heart of the Church’s social doctrine. Every responsibility and every commitment spelled out by that doctrine is derived from charity.

– Benedikt XVI.

What to do? – DOCAT- Challenge

Fast today on the pursuit of recognition from other people and put yourself completely under the loving eyes of our Father.