Thursday Twenty – Fourth Week Ordinary Time
St. Andrew Kim & Martyr, St. Paul and companions
I Corinthians 15; 1-11
Luke 7: 36-50
I thought that Bishop Walkowiak gave an incredible homily last night during the Holy Hour for the healing of survivors of sexual abuse, reparation for the sins of the clergy, and the restoration of hope for the Catholic Church. He spoke prophetically about the abuse, and he spoke well about forgiveness.
In our first reading, St. Paul is confessing because he persecuted Christians, there was nothing he did to deserve God’s love and forgiveness, but when he realized the love and forgiveness of God is offered to him, he changed his life and became an apostle for Christ.
In our Gospel, Jesus has been invited to the house of Simon a Pharisee. A woman who is a public sinner enters his house; she begins to wash the feet of Jesus with her tears and dry his feet with her hair. Simon says, “Do you see this woman?” Simon says this meaning “Do you see this great sinner?” Jesus responds, “Do you see this woman?” What he means by saying this “Do you see this woman, who is so remorseful of her sins and is not deserving of my forgiveness but I give it to her.
Let us who gather be mindful of our need for God’s forgiveness even though we do not deserve it. Let us be mindful that God offers us first, his forgiveness and we are responding out of that great love. May we pray for all those involved in the abuse and the crimes committed against those in the Church? May we learn to forgive and grow in holiness?