12 June 2016
11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Cycle C. Green.
2 Sm 12:7–10, 13 / Gal 2: 16, 19 – 21 / Lk 7: 36 – 8: 3
Gospel Reading: Lk 7: 37- 8: 3
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 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 on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. This is why, I tell you, 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." The others sitting with him at table began to wonder, "Now this man claims to forgive sins!" But Jesus again spoke to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
The Gospel reading today is a beautiful and telling story about God's mercy and forgiveness of sinners. The contrast between the humble and loving acts of the woman publicly known as a sinner and the almost cavalier and careless hospitality of the Pharisee for his guest. Jesus reminds us of a similar parable about the Pharisee and the tax-collector at prayer in the Temple (Lk 18: 9 – 14)
The woman does not speak; she does not even ask for forgiveness. Her humble yet generous gestures of respect for our Lord speak for her: tears to cleanse Jesus' feet and her hair to dry them, kisses and costly perfume for Jesus' feet. Her actions were her quiet and subtle repentance and promise of reform. She was like the tax-collector at the Temple, "standing far off," "not even lifting his eyes to heaven," "beating his breast saying, "O God, be merciful to me, a sinner."
The Pharisee who had invited Jesus did not have the courtesy to offer him the traditional and customary welcome: water for his feet and welcome kiss. Simon was like the self-assured Pharisee in the parable of the two men in the Temple: "I thank you, God, that I am not like other people, grasping, crooked, adulterous, or even like this tax-collector." Being that he could really wonder, "If this man were a prophet, he would know what sort of person is touching him; isn't this woman a sinner?"
Jesus' understanding and appreciation of sinners showed God's endless mercy: "I tell you, her many sins are forgiven, because of her great love."
"Your sins are forgiven: Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
This is what happens when we approach God for forgiveness for our sins. This is what happens when we are re-united to God and his Church in the Sacrament of Penance.
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