The Orthodox Gospel reading for this Sunday is about the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14). Its primary focus is humility. While reflecting on these verses, we are asked to consider which person do we typically act like? Are we humble in our actions with family, at work or with fellow parishioners?
In Father Alexander Schmemann’s book entitled Great Lent-Journey to Pascha – he says “Humility – be it individual or corporate, ethnic or national – is viewed as a sign of weakness, as something unbecoming of a real man. Even our Churches – are they not imbued with the same spirit of the Pharisee? Do we not want our every contribution. every good deed, all that we do for the Church to be acknowledged, praised and publicized?” God asks us to consider our Stewardship through prayer and focus on how we will be judged as stewards of what He provides. This should be done with humility, between the Steward and God.