A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

A Peculiar Prophet

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector….

God I thank thee that I am not like other men–liars, serial adulterers, crude locker-room misogynists, tax assessors and collectors.

I have never committed adultery with anyone, naturalized or otherwise,

I have never declared bankruptcy and left my creditors holding the bag, and I do not own a luxury resort in Florida,

I shall file my tax return on April 15 (which I’m glad to make public if anybody wants to see it) and shall, once again pay my federal tax–which is more than some people can say, even though they are paid by federal funds,

I have never created a bogus foundation. In fact, I give half of all my taxable…

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