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04 September 2011
Homily for Trinity 11
There is no one so alone as someone alone in his sin. That describes the Pharisee, not the tax collector, in Trinity 11's Gospel reading, Luke 18:9-14. The tax collector may seem all alone--standing in the back of church, too ashamed even to lift his eyes, and beating his breast--but he's not. He has the company of our Lord Jesus Christ who came to be the sacrifice for and friend of sinners. And going back to his house justified, as per Jesus' own declaration, the tax collector is "No Longer Alone." The same is true for you as you realize your sin and plead for God to have mercy on you, the sinner!