washing of Jesus feet

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

48Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 8

The Parable of the Sower

1After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Tears, perfume and forgiveness.

The above came from a sermon at Mass where the above was the Gospel reading. At mass the presider at the end of the sermon left us with this reflection WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS AM I. I saw myself as the women but without the courage. The woman was so in love with Jesus she so over came her fear and trusted God deeply. She was deeply in love with God and the faith he stood for but so do I but unlike the woman.  I fear the trust deeply I want to. I was also challenged by the ridicule the men gave her  and the battering to her self image of herself but Jesus ignored that and so did the woman. I think I would of ran a mile and do in terms of my faith today.  I am fearful of what God really want I want to trust deeply but in the back of my mind is the voice ridicule and the battering of my own self esteem and I am trying to work on it but nothing seem to help. My discernment seem to be at a stand still come holy spirit guide me. I want to look into Gods eye and not worry about the ridicule behind me but I can’t right now.

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