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September 17 - Lk. 7: 36-50

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordSeptember 16, 2020
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https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091720.cfm

Today's gospel speaks of a woman who anoints Jesus' feet after bathing them with her tears and drying them with her hair.  But there is something about this story that St. Luke does not speak about is so glaring to me.  And that is all she had  to do to get in there.  

First, no woman would be invited to such a dinner.  But she manages to get in - whether she barged in or snuck in or coerced her way in - we don't know.  And then she climbs behind him and gets to work - no doubt there were more than a few who watched with their mouths wide open - all the while the host looks on in contempt.  And then, we hear what Jesus has to say - including her need for forgiveness and that forgiveness being granted. 

A few questions for us to consider - how aware are we of our need for forgiveness from our God - and how far are we willing to go to get it?  That woman went to all kinds of lengths to do so - and she got that forgiveness.  Truly, is a model of faith for all of us to consider.