A prayer for grace
Luke 18: 9-14 (NRSVA)
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.’
Lord, remind me
that following you
is not a competitive sport
My sin is not diminished
because I deem another’s sin as greater
My perceived righteousness
does not lessen
my need of your grace.
You queer our binary world
pitching up with grace
In the prayer of confession
and in your words of absolution
may I experience your grace
and as vitally
as in the gift of the Eucharist.
Let the experience of your forgiveness
change the way I encounter others
softening those hard edges
that make me quick to judge
smoothing out the abrasions
that foster harshness
May the knowledge of your infinite, healing love
encourage me to risk being hurt
again and again
as I live into
that part of you that dwells in me
and connects with your presence in others.
May humility consist in recognising
the sheer wonder of your creation
shining through us
bringing glory to you
And may we live into
and live out of
the forgiveness we receive
from you, God of forgiveness and grace.
Lent Legacy 2021 Action
Ask God if he will help you examine your heart.