Reflections - June 12, 2016

……Jesus said to the woman:  “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  Lk. 7:50.
 
It seems that whenever Jesus is invited to dinner the meal ends in indigestion for some and blessings and salvation for others.
 
In the Word of God for this Sunday a Pharisee named Simon, who is very well known because his name appears in the Gospel, invited Jesus to eat in his house, but when Jesus’ disciples began arriving the reception was not very warm to the point that certain rules of hospitality were “forgotten”.
 
However, the Gospel teaches us that Jesus’ every gesture with humans is within the Plan of Salvation because “we are unique and unrepeatable”.  There in the middle of the meal an “outsider sneaked in” without invitation thereby unleashing the storm.  Perhaps the owner thought, “How dare she come in”?  We do not know if she entered cordially or gave a little push or perhaps she knew the owner or the owner knew her and they preferred to allow her to enter.  Yet who was this person?  Perhaps she had heard Jesus speak, had felt his look, was impressed, and felt hope for the first time and appreciatively has come “to give thanks”.  She doesn’t cut her hair as a sign of penance, but uses it to give glory to God because she feels loved and kisses and wipes with perfume the feet of “the one who brings the good seed of salvation to the sheep lost in Israel”.
 
There are two reflections for our spiritual life.  Simon, the Pharisee, is visited by the Son of God and he thinks badly of Jesus:  “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”.  This man is a reflection of those who think and act badly.  However, Christ faces him with the truth, seeking repentance:  “Simon, I have something to say to you.  When I entered your house, you did not give me a kiss of peace…. Yet this woman has not stopped kissing my feet…..So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.  He said to her, “your sins are forgiven”.  The first formula of absolution, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace”.
 
There are two people before Jesus.  One stays with his evil thoughts, judging and murmuring.  To Simon, little is forgiven because he does not consider himself a sinner”.  The woman recognized she was sinner and manifested it “she has shown great love”.  This woman gives us all an example of humility and a deep and sincere repentance through the works of mercy that she practiced with her Savior. Let us ask the Lord for the humility to recognize our faults and to recognize Him