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Do You See This Woman?

September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Do You See This Woman?
When someone is deeply touched by the love and forgiveness of Jesus, gratitude runs deep to that person. This was what the woman felt in our gospel today. As a prostitute and public sinner, it was courageous for her to come into the house of Simon, a Pharisee, but she was willing to do anything to express her gratitude for Jesus.
Our gospel today is all. about the gratitude and generosity of Simon, the prostitute, and Jesus. Simon the Pharisee, showed his great respect to Jesus by inviting him for a dinner. Not all Pharisees hated Jesus for attacking the religious leaders. Simon and Nicodemus were obvious admirers of Jesus. Simon’s invitation to Jesus to dine was a big risk. Jesus recognized his generosity by saying yes to his invitation. But I guess, in silence, he was deeply moved but at the same time offended by the sincerity of the woman’s desire to show her great love to Jesus. And Jesus also recognized the woman’s deep expression of gratitude and love. Thus the Lord said, “Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven loves little.’ (Luke 7:47).”
The depth of our generosity lies in our gratitude to the Lord. Recognizing the countless blessings we received every day brings gratitude. The unlimited forgiveness we receive from God each time we fall brings gratitude in our hearts. And the more we become aware of our unworthiness of God’s love, the more we become grateful to the Lord. Such an awesome feeling of being blessed and loved by God leads us to some genuine expression of our gratitude to Him.
In the gospel reading, the woman showed her overflowing GRATITUDE IN THREE WAYS: “She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.” (Luke 7:8).
1. SHE STOOD BEHIND HIM AND WEPT. Her tears were an act of repentance. She bravely came to Jesus to ask for forgiveness. As a public sinner, the possibility of being ridiculed and rejected was high, yet she risked herself to beg for Jesus’ mercy. (REPENT AND BELIEVE).
2. SHE BEGAN TO BATHE HER FEET WITH HER TEARS AND KISSED HER FEET. Only a slave could wash the feet of his master. When she washed the feet of Jesus, she made herself a servant of Jesus … a new disciple of Jesus, willing to take any order from Him. Some people think that this is Mary Magdalene, who became a faithful disciple of Jesus. (BE A SERVANT DISCIPLE).
3. SHE ANOINTED HIS FEET WITH EXPENSIVE PERFUME. The feet are the dirtiest part of the body, yet it plays an important role in our journey. The women anointed the feet of Jesus with an expensive perfume, as a symbol of her great admiration for Jesus’ mission. These feet of Jesus will bring him to all places that need healing and conversion. (EMBRACE THE MISSION OF JESUS).
Such great expression of gratitude and generosity moved Jesus to forgive the woman. Jesus did not see her sins. He saw her repentant and generous heart. On the other hand, Jesus saw the dirty mind of Simon. Love sees the sinners, not the sins.
Are you grateful for the countless blessings you receive every day? Are you aware of these blessings? With your experience of God’s generosity, are you moved to express it in your own personal way? Are you willing to follow Jesus’ footsteps? Are you willing to repent and serve Him?
Pause for. while and pray. What struck you most in our gospel today? Why? What is your jar of perfume to anoint the feet of Jesus? In the end, the perfume that God wants us to anoint his feet is the perfume of surrender … our willingness to follow His footsteps everywhere … including in the calvary.
– Fr. Willy M. Samson, SJ
September 17, 2020 – Thursday
Gospel Reading:
Simon’s invitation to dinner

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