A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping
and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
“If this man were a prophet,
he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
that she is a sinner.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Simon, I have something to say to you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?”
Simon said in reply,
“The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.”
He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven;
hence, she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But he said to the woman,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Lk 7:36-50
Jesus teaches us today without love and mercy, one will not enter heaven. These two actions are intertwined so completely that they make up the fiber of God’s nature. God did not need to create us, He is God. He needs nothing, but he is made up of love and wanted to share it. We are the creation that is a result of this overflowing love. We are made in God’s image and likeness along with our parents, who loved each other so much that they decided to give one another themselves in the vocation of marriage. I suck at forgiving. I am stubborn and hard-headed. Thank God he gave me a big heart and is good at slapping humility on me often. The woman bathed Jesus’ feet with tears. When is the last time you cried in the confessional? Me either. Every sin hurts God and will have to be repaid. We must truly be sorry and continue to work on our limitations and sinful habits. One saint said, “Don’t allow your sins to become bad habits!” This is the journey to sainthood! When is the last time God didn’t forgive you when you asked Him to? Why do we judge, talk about others, be mean, and live selfishly? We are all in the same boat and have faults. Begin healing your relationships with forgiveness, embrace someone today like Jesus does for you in the confessional each time you have the courage to come back and face your sins. At that moment, we begin to understand true love and boy does it feel good, even overwhelming at times. Thank you God, send us your grace so we may reflect you better. Amen!
Today’s challenge: Forgive, feel the burden released, and experience love and joy. Tears will flow!
Become a saint!