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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 13 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11
Galatians 2:16, 19-21
Luke 7:36--8:3 or 7:36-50

A reflection on today's Scripture:

This past year has proved to be a bonanza for those who are entertained by "shock" stories of the fall from grace of prominent politicians and sports idols. Most people, however, were more saddened and sick at heart for the humiliation of a Tiger Woods. We forget that even our golden heroes have feet of clay.

The common theme of our readings this Sunday is God's unbelievable mercy. Even though our sins seem unworthy of forgiveness, God's patient love is far beyond what we would expect. King David's plea for forgiveness in the first reading, and the tears of the uninvited sinner who bursts into the Pharisee's house to anoint the feet of Jesus are both met with divine compassion.

David, the best king in all of Israel's history, had nevertheless given in to lustful desires. His desire for Bathsheba was so uncontrolled that he took her for his own pleasure. Afterwards, he deliberately had her husband murdered. When the prophet, Nathan, very bravely confronts David about this sin, the King breaks down and begs forgiveness of God. Considering all the great favors God had bestowed on David -- protecting him from Saul, providing divine assistance against David's enemies, giving him a glorious kingdom -- proved that the king had also seriously offended God by his ingratitude. Added to this were his serious sins of murder and adultery, and we are amazed that the Lord still loves David -- and forgives him!

Today's Gospel describes Jesus at a banquet in the house of Simon, the Pharisee. A woman comes into the banquet room uninvited, and shocks the whole gathering by her actions. Bursting into tears, she falls at Jesus' feet. She breaks every social rule by letting down her hair, touching this man, and even kissing His feet. Then, she pours soothing oil over those feet. Jesus not only does not prevent her from doing this, but even explains to Simon that her great faith has merited God's forgiveness for her sins. Then, Jesus concludes with a very human touch. Jesus points out to Simon that his neglect of providing water and oil for his guests as they arrived, has been more than made up for by the behavior of this woman (whom Simon obviously despises).

Where does the second reading from Galatians fit in? St. Paul's words declare that it is faith that merits God's forgiveness. Without faith, David would never have asked for God's forgiveness, and neither would the penitent woman of this Gospel, whose great faith and love so pleased Jesus. Faith in the great mercy of God's will should also prompt us to abandon our pride and obstinacy, and humbly ask God to forgive us our offenses.

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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


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