My Friend, Jim Van Yperen, author of Making Peace, has written the following Lenten Meditation. It beings with a story by Jesus . . .
Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 18:10-14
For the sin of self-deception
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
he is like a man who looks intently
at his natural face in a mirror.
For he looks at himself and goes away
and at once forgets what he was like.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing (James 1:22 24)
Forgive me, Lord.
of my mirrored self
reflected in another
For false pride and
In this season of preparation
no hearer only
doer of your will