Year C: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel: Luke 7: 36 - 8: 3
Jesus has been invited to a meal at the house of Simon the Pharisee. As they settle to eat, a woman comes in off the streets and subjects Jesus to what could have been an embarrassing display of love and sorrow.
Simon’s reaction is probably similar to what ours would have been - how can He let her do that? Doesn’t He know her reputation?
As if reading his (and ours) thoughts Jesus tells the parable of two people let off their debts - one small - the other huge -and asks quite simply - who would be the more grateful and who would love the giver more?
It is an uncomfortable moment - as Simon realises what Jesus is getting at. He had done all that was required of a host - but had not gone out of his way to make Jesus welcome as an honoured guest - and here was this woman from the streets out-classing him in welcoming Jesus...
He rewards her great love by forgiving the very sins that condemn her in the eyes of the gathered men. They query whether He has the right to do this - not really appreciating the love and compassion which leads Him to do it.
What does it mean for me?
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