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. Randy Buquis):
The Gospel today shows how the sinful woman showed genuine repentance through her gesture in order for her to be forgiven and be saved by Jesus. She was not judge by Jesus avoiding to her past, but on the faith she has.
I remember when we are having the exegesis for this Gospel in our homiletics class. Our professor left us the question “What’s holding you from exaggerating your love?” Like the sinful woman who bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears, wiped then with her hair, kissed them and anointed them with perfume. The woman showed how she loves Jesus despite her sinfulness. At that time she showed her love in an exaggerated manner.
As I reflect on the Gospel, I continue to ask myself what hinders me from not to loving God exaggeratedly. Maybe, because I don’t want to go out from my comfort zone in order for me to deepen my love for God. On the other hand, maybe it’s because I am not being grateful for all the graces I have received. Maybe I just rely on my own capacity and limitations and does not fully entrust myself to God.
The Gospel today is inviting me to be humble in receiving graces from God. Humble in giving fraternal correction to the members of the community. Humble in receiving their feedbacks and affirmation in order for me to grow. Humility is the invitation for me in today’s Gospel that I should not rely on myself but on the love and mercy of God. That every time I do things, it should be rooted on humility.