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

The trap of self

Doing the right thing is the right thing to do, but is salvation about our efforts? Being humble about our shortcomings is the right attitude to have but is salvation about remorse? After we have done everything right either in deed or humble attitude we can still miss the whole point. We can still despise those who have not measured up like the Pharisee despised the tax collector, or like we despise self-righteous religious people. Justification before God does not come about by all our efforts, nor an attitude of humility about our mistakes. Only his grace and mercy, his decision to forgive, does that (Luke 18:9-14). This parable has traps. We can focus on self, grateful we are not like the Pharisee or that we are humble. The focus is not on self but God and his mercy.

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