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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 17, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Great and bountiful is the mercy of our Lord and God! There is no sin too great that He will not forgive and all we need do is to turn to Him with our repentant hearts. He knows the pain in our heart, the burning desire to be reconciled with Him. He sees the tears we shed, the sorrow we feel for offending Him. He understands that the fear we have as a result of our sin sometimes overwhelms and prevents us from drawing close to Him. So what does He do? He embraces us with His love and fills us with His peace.

How can we ever repay Him? Simply by giving freely as we have received freely. Forgiving and embracing those who have offended us. Sharing His peace and love with all we encounter and leading His flock back into the fold.

Lord I am truly not worthy to have You enter under my roof, but only say the word and I know, I shall truly be healed. That I may honour praise and glorify You all the days of my life. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 15:1–11

GOSPEL
Luke 7:36–50

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.”