September 17, 2015 1 Timothy 4:12-16; Luke 7:36-50
Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, which will begin on December 8th. This year will be a time to contemplate how merciful God has been to us … and a time to understand how we are each called to be merciful to others. “No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the pope said.
Today’s Gospel is a wonderful example of God’s mercy extended to a sinner.
The woman in the Gospel story is not the greatest … she is recognized as a sinner by those around her … yet her faith in Jesus … and her trust that He would be compassionate … emboldens her and brings her to tears.
She offers great kindness and hospitality to Jesus in washing and anointing His feet … and Jesus extends forgiveness to her … mercy like she never experienced before and she is set free to go forth and love.
What a powerful example of Jesus’ transforming love and mercy. When there is faith and trust in the love and compassion of God … we too can experience a freedom that brings us great peace.
Just as God is extravagant in His love for us … let us be extravagant in our gratitude for His mercy and love.
May we … like the woman in today’s Gospel … be courageous about who we are and what we need … and approach God humbly asking for the transformative love and mercy that only He can give.
Let this Gospel be our prelude to a year centered on God’s mercy and love for us. Fasten your seatbelts … God is full of surprises and God’s mercy is limitless!