MY daily reflection and prayer: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. 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 was 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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s focus our consideration on the woman’s action in loving Jesus. She is known as a sinful woman. She comes to Jesus, bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, and stands behind Him at His feet weeping. She begins to bathe His feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair, kisses them, and anoints them with the ointment.
Why does she approach Jesus and anoint Him with her tears and costly perfume at the risk of ridicule and abuse by others? The answer is very clear. It’s because of love! Her action is motivated by one thing only, namely, her love for Jesus.
She loves greatly out of gratitude for the kindness and forgiveness she has received from Jesus. She does something a Jewish woman would never do in public. She loosens her hair and anoints Jesus with her tears. She loves Jesus, so she gives all, the best she has to Him!
She takes the most precious thing she has and spent it all on Jesus. Her love is not calculated but extravagant. In a spirit of humility and heart-felt repentance, she lavishly serves Jesus who shows her the mercy and kindness of God.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we respond to our Father in heaven who has sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus, to offer up His life on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. As the woman’s lavish expression of love is an offering of gratitude for the great forgiveness, kindness, and mercy Jesus has shown to her, so do we adore Him. We need for God’s grace, His gracious gift of favor, help, and mercy. Let’s be grateful for God’s mercy and grace.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, Your grace is sufficient for us. Fill our heart with Your love and gratitude for the mercy You have shown to us and give us joy and freedom to love and serve others with kindness and respect, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
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