ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C)
2 Sm 12:7-10,13 / Gal 2:16,19-21 Lk 7:36—8:3 or 7:36-50
If today’s media circus had been alive and well in first-century Palestine, it would have pounced on the events in today’s gospel reading. You can imagine the headlines: “Mystery Woman Crashes Elegant Dinner; Host Mortified.” Blogs would light up with sordid details of the woman’s sinful past. Simon the Pharisee would visit talk shows expressing shock and threatening a lawsuit. The woman would be offered her own reality show: “Real Sinners of the Mediterranean.” Of course, after two days of nonstop coverage, the whole event would be forgotten.
For Jesus, none of this drama mattered. His focus was solely on this woman who, though uninvited, made her way to him and publicly demonstrated her great repentance. In spite of Simon’s protests and, most likely, the rest of the attendees’ shock, Jesus gave her his full attention, and most important, his forgiveness. No gossip, no dramatic expelling of the woman, no show of great power. Just a quiet and humble exchange between Jesus and a repentant sinner.
And so it can be for us, especially in the sacrament of reconciliation. Jesus waits with a calm and compassionate heart for our sincere repentance. We need only to name our sin, as the woman did, and ask forgiveness. No matter what other voices complain against us, no matter how grave our sin, no matter how long it has been—Jesus’ attention is on us and us alone. No media circus, no expert analysis, no dredging up everything bad we’ve ever done. Just an honest, humble encounter between us and the Lord.
Listen. Can you hear Jesus say, “Your sins are forgiven?”
AN ADDED THOUGHT: Words spoken by Jesus are worth remembering: “let the children come to me”, “I do want to, be cure”‘ “this day you will be in Paradise with me” and today “your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Let us show reverence to God by wearing the proper attire in the church (Mt:22.12)