Thursday, September 18, 2014
24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: 1 Cor 15:1-11
Gospel: Lk 7:36–50
Jesus went to the Pharisee’s home and as usual reclined on the sofa to eat. And it happened that a woman of this town, known as a sinner, heard that he was in the Pharisee’s house. She brought a precious jar of perfume and stood behind him at his feet, weeping. She wet his feet with tears, she dried them with her hair and kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them.
The Pharisee who had invited Jesus was watching and thought, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what sort of person is touching him; isn’t this woman a sinner?”
Then Jesus spoke to the Pharisee and said, “Simon, I have something to ask you.” He answered, “Speak, master.” And Jesus said, “Two people were in debt to the same creditor. One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty. As they were unable to pay him back, he graciously canceled the debts of both. Now, which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, who was forgiven more.” And Jesus said, “You are right. Do you see this woman? You gave me no water for my feet when I entered your house, but she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn’t welcome me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since she came in. You provided no oil for my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. This is why, I tell you, her sins, her many sins, are forgiven, because of her great love. But the one who is forgiven little, has little love.”
Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others sitting with him at the table began to wonder, “Now this man claims to forgive sins!” But Jesus again spoke to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
A story is told of a boy and a girl who became friends through text messaging. For their first meeting they agreed that the boy would wear green while the girl yellow. When that day came, an ugly girl appeared in yellow at the Mall’s food court. There was no sign of any boy wearing green. The girl spotted a handsome boy at one table eating alone. The girl said to him: “May I share table with you?” The boy replied, “Why, am I wearing green?”
We prefer to dine with people we like. In the time of Jesus this principle was carried to the extreme. People were identified with their tablemates. Thus when the Pharisees saw Jesus dining with sinners they were scandalized. By eating with sinners Jesus was showing his true color. But Jesus looked at the whole idea from the pastoral perspective. It was his way of reaching out to sinners.
Jesus continues to reach out to all sinners through our conscience, and though the Church. Let us not play hide and seek with him. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, grant us contrite hearts so that we may remain open to your inspiration through the voice of our conscience and the guidance of your Church. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Joseph Cupertino, Priest of the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. He was born in 1603 in the diocese of Nardo in Naples. He promoted devotion to the Blessed Virgin and levitated even at the mere mention of any spiritual matter. While saying mass or as Christmas carols were sung he would float in rapture deep in prayer. He once lifted a 36-foot cross up in the air. He was declared patron saint of aviators. He died in 1663.