Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 2 September 2012: Year B, Proper 17
Faith for the Future
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
The word ‘Pharisee’ is a word which, for us, seems to sum up the worst about religion. My dictionary says that a person referred to today as a Pharisee is ‘anyone more careful of the outward forms than of the spirit of a religion, a formalist [or] a very self-righteous or hypocritical person’. The adjective ‘pharisaic’ means ‘hypocritical’ (Chambers Dictionary 1998). So the Pharisees have a got a bad name.