The new biblical project,, for Africa and Madagascar has been officially launched. The program aims at bringing people to experience God’s closeness through an encounter with His Word. As the name suggests, the project is intended primarily, but not exclusively, for the youth. The primary goal of Lectio Youth is to facilitate the encounter with the Word of God through Bible study groups. It is devoted to systematic and regular study and reflection on the Word of God, for young people to be guided and trans- formed by it on the personal and the local community level.

One of the criminals, who were hanged there railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.” And he replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

God, be merciful to me, a sinner!

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector deals with two types of prayer (18:9-14) or two contrasting ways of relating to God. As we can note, this story is narrated soon after Jesus’ parable on the necessity of prayer (18:1-8), dealing with an unjust judge and a widow, who prays for justice persistently.