Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
â€œTwo men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, â€˜God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.â€™ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, â€˜God, be merciful to me, a sinner!â€™ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.