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dc.contributor.authorWaldron, Maureen McCannen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 545en_US
dc.description.abstractA very wise Jesuit priest once listened to me talk about how I pray and asked me, "Where is the focus of your prayer - on you or on God?" I realized that I often prayed for what I wanted from God but rarely prayed to find out what God wanted from me. My focus was on solving my own problems rather than asking how I could serve God, but that question helped me to refocus my prayers, at least for the moment.||Today's gospel is much the same lesson: two men are praying in the temple. The Pharisee in his prayer spends most of his time congratulating himself for being better than everyone else. The other man, a tax collector, is so humbled before God that he can say nothing more than, "Be merciful to me, a sinner." Which one am I most like? I squirm uncomfortably at this question.|Do I live my life as someone who is focused on God and others or is my main vision in life directed on my needs and my own happiness? I can sense it in my life when I move away from the God-centered life. Things are out of balance. I am aware of every annoyance of my husband, I have little patience with my kids and mostly I am aware of ME and how everyone else has an impact on me.|Today in my Lenten journey, I want to try not to be centered on myself. Today I want to trade places in the temple. I want to take off the Pharisee's flashy robes of my own arrogance and embrace the humility of the tax collector. I don't want to make myself the center of my day.|This feels like an impossible task some days and my first instinct is to wonder how I can ever accomplish it alone. Then I remember the tax collector in the temple, bow my head and ask for help.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherAnnunciation of the Lord, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, March 24, 2001 :Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCollaborative Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWaldron, Maureen McCannen_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11en_US
dc.subject.local3Hebrews 10:4-10en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 1:26-38en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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