Thursday 19 September 2019
1 Timothy 4:12-16. Psalm 110(111):7-10. Luke 7:36-50.
How great are the works of the Lord! – Psalm 110(111):7-10
‘She has shown great love’
This is one of the most moving scenes in the gospels. Simon the Pharisee and an unnamed woman respond so differently to the presence of Jesus who points this out to Simon and the dinner guests. The woman, known as a sinner, sensing and anticipating a special moment, welcomes Jesus and Simon does not.
In return, the woman receives an outpouring of love. She had sensed acceptance and forgiveness and hence her love follows. Jesus’ words, given with a voice of authority, offer forgiveness, and he tells her to go in peace. She is transformed by the experience. Simon is not judged, but the contrast is there for all, including us, to contemplate. We know from human experience that love always follows forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, help me tend to others’ needs with appropriate self-care. I care for each person as a way to reverence your Holy Spirit within people.