Last Sunday I took my 4yo daughter to her new Sunday school class (new because she’s been promoted from the younger group), and they were looking at the story of the pharisee and the tax collector. And I learnt something – well, saw something incredibly obvious that I hadn’t really thought about before: The underdog, whom Jesus says went home “justified before God” was the rich guy. The rich guy in league with the Romans. That had never hit me before: I’ve always pictured that guy as the poor, oppressed one, whose humble approach is better than the highly-esteemed pharisee. But it’s a more provocative picture than that: It wouldn’t work as a movie, because it’s not heart-warming. It’s a challenge to accept that God freely accepts ANYONE who comes to him in heartfelt repentant humility… even those we might smugly dismiss as more worldly than ourselves.