In yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus addressed a parable to those convinced of their own righteousness. It’s so easy for a “committed Christian” to become such a person precisely because it’s so difficult and painful to take an honest look at how broken and needy we are, especially when we’ve been working hard for years at following Christ. I speak from experience. In my book At the Heart of the Gospel, I confessed to the fact that having a “successful” ministry had inflated my pride over the years. As a result, I came to believe I had some sort of “strength” to offer the Church and the world. Speaking once again from experience, it seems only through various (painful) trials, in which our poverty becomes undeniable, do we come to accept that God’s grace is sufficient for us, that his power is made perfect in our weakness (see 1 Cor 12:9), and that he is “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4). And, oh, how we need it! This week, ask the Lord to show you any areas in your life where you might be convinced of your own righteousness. And, then, rejoice in his mercy.