The Pharisee was self-righteous he claims that he was not greedy, unjust, adulterous. He was so sure of his goodness, holiness and maybe of his own salvation he even despised the tax collector.
There was also this repentant sinner (tax collector) who did not even dared to raise his eyes to heaven. He was remorsefully beating his breast and keeps on humbly asking God for forgiveness.
Jesus said: “the tax collector went home at peace with God.” and the Pharisee? He did not gain any favor from God because he was self-righteous and proud.
This Gospel is a good reminder for us all who are self-righteous, who are proud. This is also for those who look down on his fellowmen because he is rich and learned. You are no different from the Pharisee.
God looked kindly on the tax collector because he has the greatest virtue called HUMILITY.
Who are you before God’s eyes? Are you the Pharisee or the humble and repentant tax collector?