The Pharisee believed he had kept the faith by following all of the religious rules and by doing this he had achieved a position above others in God’s sight ~ he was not keeping the faith.
The tax collector knew he was a sinful man and humbled himself before God, making himself vulnerable to God's judgement. He knew he could never achieve forgiveness through his actions. He was keeping the faith he lived a life in the full knowledge of God’s love for him.
How will you be remembered?
What stories will your family pass down about your faith?
Can you call to mind people you know who kept the faith?
What was different about them?
Keeping the faith is not about the words you say it is in your actions and intentions.
Reflect back on what you did yesterday, would your actions mark you as a person who kept the faith?
Lectionary reading for this post: Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22, Psalms 84:1-7, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18: 9-14