Spiritism For Kids

By Marcela Prada


Theme: Pride and humbleness

The Pharisee and the Publican

Jesus once told a story. It is called the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican and tells that two men went to the temple to pray.

One of the men was a Pharisee. The Pharisees were a part of the people that considered themselves very religious, as they fulfilled everything that their religion determined. They always performed all the rituals and ceremonies, and because they did so, they thought they were much better than other people.

The other man was a publican. Publicans were people who collected taxes. They had to take money from the people to deliver to the rulers. They handled a lot of money, and many publicans were not honest. They got rich, but not for fair work. Therefore, publicans were seen by the rest of the people as people deviated from the path of good and God.

In the story, the Pharisee arrived at the temple and began to pray saying things that showed how proud he was.

- I thank you, my God, because I do the right things, I'm not a thief, nor unjust and I'm not like that publican there!

The publican, on the other hand, also wanted to talk to God through prayer, but standing at a distance, he would not even raise his eyes. Head down, beating his chest, he said:

- Oh my God, have mercy on me, that I am a sinner!

At the end of the story Jesus says that the publican's prayer was more heard by God than the Pharisee's, because the first was done with humbleness and the second was not. The Pharisee just wanted to exalt himself, finding himself superior. But before God, we are all equal, even those who, for now, are making mistakes.

The publican, recognized that he had done something wrong, asked for God's mercy and would certainly be helped to repair his mistakes and readjust with God's laws.

Jesus left us important teachings. With this parable we can learn that pride is a serious defect that we must fight, and that humbleness is a good way to approach God.

Larissa Martine - larissa_am@hotmail.com


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