Sermon: “Making ‘I’ Contact”
Luke 18:9-14; Isaiah 1:10-18
In preparing for this week’s readings, it is good to know that the traditional way to pray in the Jewish temple was to stand with one’s head and eyes looking up to God with hands raised – which is what the Pharisee is doing – and doing it in a public way. Who was he talking to? Notice the body language of the tax collector! Where was he standing? Who was the tax collector talking to? Similar to last week’s gospel lesson, this passage is also about prayer, but it is also about making connections, and it is the lesson preparing us for the real-life encounter in Luke 19 between Jesus and Zaccheus (next week’s gospel story).