Sunday 30C

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The truly important consistency is between the tax collector's humble request for forgiveness and his undoubted need of that pardon. He stood some distance away.[i] The tax collector in the parable acquires a certain dignity from his modest hanging back. Jesus praises his humility and his repentance and contrasts him favourably with a more complacent person, praying in the Temple at the same time.[ii] The back pew can feel like the right place for us also, or even the porch. More prominent...