As Jesus is the cornerstone upon which the Church is built, so are his teachings the unifying cornerstone of Christian doctrine.

Who Dat

Jesus addresses “some” who are confident in their own righteousness in Luke 18:9-14. Who is that? Is that you or me or someone else? We may assume that because the parable includes a Pharisee that religious leaders are addressed. That certainly is the case, but are they alone? The opening description in the Greek means that they are persuaded about something. That is an attitude of mind, not just an act. These people actually believe that they are just and upright. How can we tell if that applies to us? If we have ever looked down on someone else, or viewed any other human being with contempt, or looked down our noses at anyone, or despised someone, then I guess we must admit that this also applies to us. As they say in New Orleans: Who dat? We dat.

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