The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping
and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
“If this man were a prophet,
he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
that she is a sinner.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Simon, I have something to say to you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?”
Simon said in reply,
“The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.”
He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven;
hence, she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But he said to the woman,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Reflection (Sem. Jasper S. Bautista)
Faith has always been my light and guide. It is one of the foundations of my prayer that leads me to hope…and then to love. Faith is God’s grace (cf CCC 153). Many times I have been tried and tested with numerous challenges in life, but my faith always made me stand firm and brave amidst these trials.
My mother lives abroad and the first time she had her vacation, we treated her to a picnic at Nayong Pilipino in Clarkfield, Pampanga. She really enjoyed it and it was already evening when we set out for home. It was very unfortunate that our car started to have an engine trouble. It was dark outside and we were just halfway in our journey. We could not do anything but to pray. I said in my prayer, “Lord, I know you will help us get through this and bring us home safe.”
The car still managed to function for a few kilometers and it stopped where there was a house and a lamppost. Immediately, a young man and his mother went out the house. The young man managed to help us fix the vehicle but it was only operational to reach a shop some blocks away from their place. After we got to the shop, the mechanic told us that the car could be fixed but it has to be picked up the following day so we all took the bus whose route goes by that place and arrived home safe.
Without faith, we could have been distressed. I also believed that those people who helped us were God-sent. They were angels in disguise. Even the place where the car broke down was convenient and lighted. Faith saves.