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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 18, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Psalm 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28
Luke 7:36-50

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I love the story from today's Gospel about the sinful woman.

To me, the whole scene is almost incredulous. Here we have this woman coming into the middle of a meal, approaching Jesus, crying tears at His feet, drying them with her hair and then anointing Him with oil.

No one stops her, yet there is murmuring; they know what kind of a woman she is. Doesn't Jesus? He should; after all, people are making Him out to be a prophet and more!

What follows, to me, is remarkable. He preserves what little sense of dignity the women might have and responds in a way that doesn't degrade or humiliate her. Her own very public assertion of guilt is enough. After all, in the final analysis, don't our actions convict us one way or the other, either for good or evil?

In the end, Jesus demonstrates what He is about. He makes her the recipient of His mercy and love.

It must have left the dinner guests astonished!

Who is it who says, "Your sins are forgiven," and "Go your faith has saved you"?

The woman knows. Do we?

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd (at) hughes.net

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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