Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday September 19, Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 7:36-50

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.”
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My Reflection:
The repentant woman went to Jesus she did not verbally ask Jesus for forgiveness. But it was very evident that through her actions she wanted Jesus to forgive her of her sinfulness. She wanted a renewal on her life which no one could give her except Jesus. By her actions Jesus recognized her desire for forgiveness and renewal, therefore her sins were forgiven.

Repentance is a perpetual call of Jesus for all of us sinners and our faith tells us that the best way to repent is for us to submit to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We are required by the church to at least submit to this healing sacrament at least once a year. But if we could submit to this sacrament as often as possible that would be so much better.

You and me are always in need of Jesus forgiveness for no one of us are clean or sinless. We have been made impure by our many sins. Let us find it in our hearts to humble ourselves before the almighty God through this healing sacrament.  

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