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September 16, 2021

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian

Lk 7: 36-50

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 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. 

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.” Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” 

And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 

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.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Humbling Ourselves for God 

This passage ends with Jesus saying, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace,” to a “sinful woman.” However, it was the fact that the woman’s belief that Jesus is our Savior led her to action that saved her. As he does many times, Christ reminds us that actions speak louder than words. By making ourselves small, we show our faith in the great glory of God. 

On the other hand, the Pharisee gives into his pride, telling Jesus that the woman is a sinner and that Jesus should not let her touch him. Jesus calls him out for his hypocrisy—after all, aren’t we all sinners? —and rewards the woman’s humility, telling her that her sins are forgiven.  We must always remember to humble ourselves and to act on our love for the Lord, using our deeds to try to emulate the Kingdom of God here on earth.  

David Hart is a senior at Loyola University Chicago and a communications intern for the Midwest Jesuits. He is also an alumnus of Jesuit High School of New Orleans.  

 

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


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September 16, 2021

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian

Lk 7: 36-50

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 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. 

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.” Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” 

And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 

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.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Humbling Ourselves for God 

This passage ends with Jesus saying, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace,” to a “sinful woman.” However, it was the fact that the woman’s belief that Jesus is our Savior led her to action that saved her. As he does many times, Christ reminds us that actions speak louder than words. By making ourselves small, we show our faith in the great glory of God. 

On the other hand, the Pharisee gives into his pride, telling Jesus that the woman is a sinner and that Jesus should not let her touch him. Jesus calls him out for his hypocrisy—after all, aren’t we all sinners? —and rewards the woman’s humility, telling her that her sins are forgiven.  We must always remember to humble ourselves and to act on our love for the Lord, using our deeds to try to emulate the Kingdom of God here on earth.  

David Hart is a senior at Loyola University Chicago and a communications intern for the Midwest Jesuits. He is also an alumnus of Jesuit High School of New Orleans.  

 

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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