Luke 18:9-14

God’s idea of righteousness is not the supposedly sinless perfectionist, but the pitiful, hopeless, humble, sinner who knows he/she needs God! We are the ones He came to save! “For I came not to call the righteous,” Jesus said, “but sinners!” God’s idea of goodness is a sinner who knows he/she needs God and depends on God for salvation, not the self-made, self-righteous, hypocritical Pharisees who think they can save themselves by their good character and behavior, whom Thomas Merton referred to as those with their own personal salvation projects.