Sep 20 (Lk 7:36-50)

One night, a little girl knelt for her bed-time prayer.

She was a good girl, who would do a lot of good deeds – helping her Mom in her works, keeping the newspapers tidy for her Dad, sharing her chocolates with her younger brother etc…

The mother went close to the child and suggested things to be thankful for.

The Mother also added, “Won’t you ask the Lord to help you love Him more?”

The child lifted up her large button-shaped eyes with a puzzled look.

“What is it, dear?” asked the mother.

“Did you tell me to ask Him to help me love Him more, Mamma?” said the little girl, innocently.

“Yes, my little dear”

“But how can I love Him more, Mamma?” replied the little child, ” I am just crazy about Him now!”

The little child had, very early on in life, grasped the meaning of “falling in love” with God!

Have I “fallen in love” with the Lord and remain faithful to the love-life in the Lord?

The Gospel of the Day presents a wonderful expression of love towards Jesus and the subsequent acknowledgement of this gesture of love, by the Lord of Love!

The incident of sinner woman, washing the feet of Jesus in the house of Simon the Pharisee, ends with a statement, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” (Lk 7: 49)

The answer of this statement is probably what is expressed by the woman in her gesture of love.

Jesus was a guest in the house of Simon, the Pharisee.

It was probably one of those meals whereby a respected and wise host would invite several of the socially elite to dine with an important guest.

>> At this meal, they would recline along the table, laying down on their sides, to eat.

The meal would also involve a series of debates and discussions, over many crucial issues, centred around the special guest.

However, suddenly, out of nowhere, a lady enters in the scene.

It was one of those highly embarrassing and highly disgusting moments for the Host!

The lady was a known sinner…

… In the society, she had earned a notorious reputation

> Her very presence was causing terrible insult.

Her ensuing action..

> wiping the feet with the ointment from the alabaster jar

> wiping them with her hairs

> kissing them with tenderness

… caused still further damage to the reputation and honour of the host and his Guest!

However, what followed later, was like adding salt to the wounds of the host…

Jesus publicly recognizes, acknowledges and appreciates the action of the sinful woman.

He says, in solemn tones of approval of the action of the woman, “… She has shown great love! The one to whom little is forgiven, loves little” (Lk 7: 48)

Jesus had openly and publicly acknowledged the tremendous and daring love of the woman for Him!

And in doing so, she had given an answer to the question that would be put forth later, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”

Her actions of love gave an answer…

… that He was the One worthy of receiving the highest and deepest love – one that counts no humiliation or hardships!

… that He was the One deserving the sweetest and the most priceless affections of our hearts – one that is limitless!

… that He was the One meritorious of every expression of endearment and fondness – one that is passionate and pure!

What is my level of love for the Lord?

>> Am I courageous to express my love for Him in actions that trespass humiliations or shame or guilt?

>> Am I bold to show that I truly love Him by living a life in accordance with the virtues of the Gospel?

>> Am I credible enough to say that I really love Him by extending His care to all those who are in need?

May we be inspired by the words of St Robert Bellarmine:

“The school of Christ is the school of love.

>> In the last day, when the general examination takes place…

… Love will be the whole syllabus”

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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