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Pharisees were the religion teachers of Jesus’ time. They taught the Jewish people their religious traditions and challenged them to apply the Law to their lives. Jesus had more in common with the Pharisees than with any other religious group of his day. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus is not criticizing the values and beliefs of a whole religious group. He is criticizing an individual Pharisee’s self-righteousness. In Jesus’ time, few people liked tax collectors because they collaborated with the Roman government. Jesus’ story challenges us to examine how we view others and how God views us. In God’s eyes, everybody is somebody.
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