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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 17 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Timothy 4:12-16

Psalm 111:7-8, 9, 10

Luke 7:36-50

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I ask you to quietly reflect for a time on today's gospel and examine the dramatic contrast it presents.

First, we have the Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner. As we learn, he must have been wealthy since he owned a home and could host the meal for the Lord. We also learn that he gave nothing to Jesus when He entered his home and did not seem to give Him the common courtesy that would have been the custom of the day.

Second, we have a woman whom the scripture calls "a sinful woman." From this we can assume she may have been a prostitute or someone of very low social and economic standing. She brought with her an extremely costly jar of ointment which she used entirely on the Lord as she gave Him every courtesy she could afford.

This very sharp contrast between the Pharisee and the woman presents us with a very direct question: do we act as the Pharisee and only give the Lord a fraction of our wealth and consideration or do we act as the woman who gives the Lord all she has including an act of deep love? The fact is, Jesus says we must be willing to abandon all to follow Him, and for some, this is a hard road to take. Which are you, the Pharisee or the sinful woman?

~ Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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