Last Saturday, I attended the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Regional Assembly. The worship coordinator asked me to lead the music to the morning devotional. I accepted and contacted several people from two churches to help me. We sang in three languages: English, Spanish, and Tagalog. All singers sang in three languages even though they were not ethnically FilipinX or LatinX and couldn’t speak or understand Tagalog or Spanish. It’s beautiful to see the assembly singing in Tagalog and Spanish.
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
9-12 He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’
13 “Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’”
14 Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”