A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 7: 36- 8:1-3
"A 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 a 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 annointed 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, athat she is a sinner." Jesus said to him in reply, "Simon, I have somthing 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 because 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." the Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit.
"She has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered"- "She has shown great love." Great Love! Jesus is recognizing in the woman something of worth beyond all else, it draws down His Mercy, Love and forgiveness, it captures his Sacred Heart. Let us look carefully at the "disposition" of the sinful woman. Perhaps when she enters the room, eyebrows raise? tilted heads whisper? and then the icy presence of not being received, valued, accepted, loved. She knows this. She approaches our Lord from behind, not even daring to look into his eyes, she weeps near his feet. Her eyes clouded by tears, her voice choked by sobs not caring what anyone thinks she kisses his feet over and over and over , in a gesture of reverence and love for LOVE. Repentance is in her heart. Love flowing from his heart has her heart held like a magnet. There is no departure, she is aware that she 'does not belong here' yet before him, she knows she has a place, and so she remains. She remains not because she is justified she remains because Love has redeemed her and she is now held in that love. This 'gaze' of love now clothes her with Love, dignity and safety. She is waiting on him because Love hopes! In this Gospel passage who do you 'identify with the most and why?' What stirs in your heart when the Pharisee Simon comments about Jesus not knowing who is near him? That she is s sinner? What words did the sinful woman speak, that caused our Lord to forgive her? Why is this woman so bold? By what name does Simon call Jesus and why do you think so?
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a poor sinner, a poor sinner who loves you. Amen.