Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 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 cancelled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the greater debt.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’ Then turning towards 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.’
Jesus forgives and comforts
1) The Pharisee who Invited Him. The Pharisee in this story is following Jesus as an obligation. He lets Jesus into his life, but he does not connect with Him emotionally. . It is like a Christian who complies with the norms and rules of the Church but is not in love with God. In other words, we must let Jesus into our lives, but we must also treat Him as an equal.
2) The Crying Woman. Tears express more than words ever could. They are usually the consequence of guilt and sorrow that we feel many times but have no words to express. Within us, there are feelings of regret and a need for change. On the outside, tears fall down our faces. . The woman shows her need for Jesus through her gestures, which means more than words. Gestures speak when words fall short.
3) Go in peace. Forgiveness and peace, they are the two sides of the same coin. Whoever feels truly forgiven from the heart lives in peace. There is no peace in a heart that hasn’t been forgiven and that at the same time is not able to forgive. Jesus has the ability to forgive you, and you have the ability to repent, but you must remain humble. You are great every time you kneel before God and look at yourself as nothing. Today, God reminds you that forgiveness is always there for you. Choose Him.
Your love for God is demonstrated not only by fulfilling religious norms, but by the love you put into things, knowing that God is everything and you are nothing, and that with Him, you are everything.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Never forget Heaven is our goal.