The Pharisee, the tax collector and you and me...

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector by Duncan Long, used with permission
Two striking postures, two strikingly different attitudes...

One figure gestures to the other; one figure hides from the other...

One stands in his own light,
the other cowers in the light surrounding him...

One appears to search for God in the skies,
the other finds God in his broken heart...

Two separated figures:
not even the pointing hand bridges the gap between them...

Duncan Long's art might serve to help us explore one of Jesus' best known parables,
the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector who went to the temple to pray...

Which figure best images my own posture, my attitude?

In which light, in whose light do I stand?

Where do I look for my God?
Where does my God find me?

To prepare to hear this coming Sunday's scriptures,
spend some time with the readings and commentary on them at this earlier post.

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  1. A beautiful picture and a beautiful post. Really makes you go deep and do some soul searching. This will be in my mind and heart as I hear the Gospel this weekend. Thank you.

  2. I love this picture. It is striking, and says more without any words!


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