O Jesus, even though I am a sinner, I will approach you.
Picture Jesus at table with the woman at his feet.
The central figure is the creditor who forgives both debtors. Where can such a man be found? He is God with his inconceivable goodness. The woman understands this goodness. Simon does not and, therefore, cannot accept Jesus allowing the woman to cleanse his feet.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Before this happened, Jesus had already forgiven the woman’s sins.
- The greatness of her sins leads to her to great thankfulness.
- She expresses this gratitude totally with her perfume, her tears and her hair.
- She desires only to thank Jesus, God’s instrument of forgiveness.
- The whole scene puzzles the Pharisee. He cannot comprehend the woman’s total thankfulness or Jesus’ total acceptance of her.
- Jesus clarifies what has happened. Her love is as deep as her sins used to be. She sinned totally. She was forgiven totally. She now loves totally.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Lord, you have forgiven all my sins. Why do I not love you totally?
- O Jesus, where my sins have been total, my love will be total.
- Jesus, you have redeemed me and bought me back. You own me.
- How can I repay you? I cannot!
- What a blessing to weep at your feet!
- I will anoint you with deepest feelings.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will see my past sins as a cause for thanking God for his mercy.
+ I will thank God for saving me from hell.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
Which of these loved him most?