Wednesday, September 16, 2015


THURSDAY, 24TH Week in Ordinary Time

September 17, 2015 THURSDAY, 24TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church      
Memorial, White
1 Tim 4:12 – 16 / Lk 7:36 - 50  

[An Italian, St. Robert Bellarmine (1542 – 1621), a Jesuit cardinal, was a great scholar and theologian.]

Reading: 1 Tim 4: 12 – 16
     Let no one reproach you on account of your youth. Be a model to the believers in the way you speak and act, in your love, your faith and purity of life. Devote yourself to reading, preaching and teaching, until I come. 
     Do not neglect the spiritual gift conferred on you with prophetic words when the elders laid their hands upon you. Think about it and practice it so that your progress may be seen by all. Take heed of yourself and attend to your teaching. Be steadfast in doing this and you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Gospel: Lk 7:36 - 50
     One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to share his meal . . .  And it happened that a woman of this town, who was known as a sinner, heard that he was in the Pharisee's house. She brought a precious jar of perfume and stood behind him at his feet, weeping. She wet his feet with tears, she dried them with her hair and kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them. 
     The Pharisee who had invited Jesus was watching and thought, "If this man were a prophet, he would know what sort of person is touching him; isn't this woman a sinner?"  
     Then Jesus spoke to the Pharisee and said, "Simon, I have something to ask you." He answered, "Speak, master." And Jesus said, "Two people were in debt to the same creditor. One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty. As they were unable to pay him back, he graciously canceled the debts of both. Now, which of them will love him more?" 
     Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, who was forgiven more." And Jesus said, "You are right." And turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? You gave me no water for my feet when I entered your house, but she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn't welcome me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since she came in. You provided no oil for my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. This is why, I tell you, her sins, her many sins, are forgiven, because of her great love. But the one who is forgiven little, has little love."  
     Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven. . .  .Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

     The Gospel reading tells us about Jesus dining with Simon, a Pharisee, where a woman "who was known as a sinner," washed, kissed and poured precious perfume on Jesus' feet.
     Jesus tells his host a parable about two debtors who debts of different amounts were cancelled: "Which of them will love him more?" "The one, I suppose who was forgiven more."
     Jesus then reprimands his host who was scandalized at Jesus allowing a sinful woman to even touch him: Jesus was not even given the customary welcome yet this woman has washed and kissed his feet.
     Jesus forgives the woman, "Your sins are forgiven. . . Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
     ". . . her many sins, are forgiven, because of her great love": if we love God, our sins will be forgiven.




For the healing & speedy recovery of Kong Young from stage 4 liver & colon cancer

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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