Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reflection: Luke 7:36-50

Thursday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time – Luke 7:36-50

The Gospel for today is one that is very familiar. It is the story of the “sinful” woman who took an enormous risk by entering the house of a Pharisee. She came to anoint Jesus. She not only anointed Jesus but then she had the audacity to dry his feet with her hair! Just imagine the consternation this action must have caused!

Imagine the stares that must have been directed toward her and toward Jesus. Imagine the comments that were made by the men at table with Jesus. Undoubtedly her actions were scandalous in their eyes. However, to these men, Jesus’ actions were just as scandalous. Why would Jesus allow this sinful woman to touch him and to minister to him? Didn’t he know who she was? Didn’t he realize what her reputation was?

Jesus sees the heart of this woman. Jesus sees a woman who is truly repentant, a woman who desires to begin anew! And Jesus had the compassion and openness to accept her and forgive her!

Today may we let go of judgments! Today may we have the eyes as Jesus sees and strive to see the people we meet as Jesus sees them!!

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