Posted by: frburke23 | September 17, 2014

Thought for Thursday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 7:36-50

A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him,
and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind him at his feet weeping
and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself,
“If this man were a prophet,
he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him,
that she is a sinner.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Simon, I have something to say to you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?”
Simon said in reply,
“The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.”
He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven;
hence, she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But he said to the woman,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
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This woman who was known as a great sinner came to Jesus to seek forgiveness.  She showed Him great love by anointing his feet with oil.  The Pharisee, who was probably well known in society, could not believe that Jesus allowed this sinful woman to even touch Him.

So Jesus went into teaching mode with the parable of the creditor who forgave the debts of two people who owed him money – one was a huge debt, the other much smaller.  “Who will love him more?”  Jesus asks.  Of course, the person who owed more money would love the creditor more because of the huge debt that was forgiven.

We see this story in Scripture several times.  Jesus forgives people of their sins and they often become the greatest evangelizers.  The woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, Luke the tax collector, etc.  The list goes on and on.  When people have an encounter with Jesus and experience His love and mercy, their lives are never the same.

This happened to me the first time I went to confession at the age of 27.  I had always taken my sins straight to God in prayer.  God can forgive sins in many different ways, but there is something very powerful about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  As human beings, we need to voice our sins and then hear the words of forgiveness through the priest, God’s instrument of mercy and love.  When I went to confession for the first time, I finally felt forgiven.  It was such a healing experience for me and my life has never been the same.

As a priest, I view the Sacrament of Reconciliation as one of the most important things I can do.  The Lord Jesus wants to encounter His people and touch them with His love and mercy.  I have seen lives, like my own, completely changed by His grace and mercy.

Has your life been changed by encountering the mercy of God?

To what degree are you willing to share with others the healing power of Jesus?

Have a great day!
Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Lucas 7:36-50

Un fariseo invitó a Jesús a comer con él,
y entró en casa del fariseo y se sentó a la mesa.
Ahora había una mujer pecadora en la ciudad
quien se enteró de que Jesús estaba comiendo en casa del fariseo.
Trayendo un frasco de alabastro con perfume;
se puso detrás de él a sus pies llorando
y comenzó a bañarle los pies con sus lágrimas.
Luego se los secó con su cabello,
los besó y los ungió con el perfume.
Cuando el fariseo quien lo había invitado vio esto, se dijo así mismo,
“Si este hombre fuera un profeta,
sabría quién y qué clase de mujer es la que lo está tocando,
que es una pecadora”.
Jesús le respondió,
“Simón, tengo algo que decirte.”
“Dime, maestro,” dijo.
“Dos personas estaban en deuda con un acreedor;
uno le debía 500 denarios y el otro le debía cincuenta.
Como no tenían para pagar la deuda, les perdonó a ambos.
¿Cuál de los dos lo amará más? ”
Simón le respondió,
y entró en casa del fariseo y se sentó a la mesa.
Ahora había una mujer pecadora en la ciudad
quien se enteró de que Jesús estaba comiendo en casa del fariseo.
Trayendo un frasco de alabastro con perfume;
se puso detrás de él a sus pies llorando
y comenzó a bañarle los pies con sus lágrimas.
Luego se los secó con su cabello,
los besó y los ungió con el perfume.
Cuando el fariseo quien lo había invitado vio esto, se dijo así mismo,
“Si este hombre fuera un profeta,
sabría quién y qué clase de mujer es la que lo está tocando,
que es una pecadora”.
Jesús le respondió,
“Simón, tengo algo que decirte.”
“Dime, maestro,” dijo.
“Dos personas estaban en deuda a un acreedor;
uno le debía 500 denarios y el otro le debía cincuenta.
Como no tenían para pagar la deuda, les perdonó a ambos.
¿Cuál de los dos lo amará más? ”
Simón le respondió,
“Supongo, el que le perdonó la deuda más grande”.
Él le dijo, “Has juzgado bien”.
Luego se volvió hacia la mujer y dijo a Simón,
“¿Ves a esta mujer?
Cuando entré en tu casa, no me diste agua para mis pies,
pero ella los ha bañado con sus lágrimas
y los ha secado con su cabello.
Tú no me diste un beso,
pero ella no ha cesado de besar mis pies desde el momento en que entré.
Tú no ungiste mi cabeza con aceite,
pero ella me ungió los pies con perfume.
Por lo que te digo, sus muchos pecados le son perdonados;
por eso, porque ha mostrado gran amor.
Pero a quien poco se le perdona, poco ama”.
Él le dijo a ella, “Tus pecados te son perdonados.”
Los otros en la mesa dijeron a sí mismos,
“¿Quién es éste, que también perdona pecados?”
Pero él dijo a la mujer,
“Tu fe te ha salvado, vete en paz.”

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Esta mujer que era conocida como una gran pecadora se acercó a Jesús para buscar el perdón. Ella le mostró un gran amor al untarle sus pies con aceite. El fariseo, quien probablemente fue muy bien conocido en la sociedad, no podía creer que Jesús permitió que esta mujer pecadora incluso lo tocara.

Así que Jesús entró en el modo de enseñanza con la parábola del acreedor que perdonó las deudas de dos personas que le debían dinero – una era una enorme deuda, la otra mucho más pequeña. “¿Quién lo amará más?” Jesús pregunta. Por supuesto, la persona que le debía más dinero amara más al acreedor debido a la enorme deuda que fue perdonada.

Vemos esta historia en las Escrituras varias veces. Jesús perdona al pueblo de sus pecados y a menudo se convierten en los más grandes evangelizadores. La mujer en el pozo, la mujer sorprendida en adulterio, Lucas, el recaudador de impuestos, etc. La lista sigue y sigue. Cuando las personas tienen un encuentro con Jesús y experimentan su amor y misericordia, sus vidas nunca son las mismas.

Esto me pasó la primera vez que fui a la confesión a la edad de 27 años. Siempre le llevaba mis pecados directamente a Dios en la oración. Dios puede perdonar los pecados de muchas maneras distintas, pero hay algo muy poderoso sobre el Sacramento de la Reconciliación. Como seres humanos, tenemos que expresar nuestros pecados y luego escuchar las palabras del perdón a través del sacerdote, el instrumento de Dios de la misericordia y el amor. Cuando fui a la confesión por primera vez, finalmente me sentí perdonado. Fue una gran experiencia de sanación para mí y mi vida nunca ha sido la misma.

Como sacerdote, yo veo el Sacramento de la Reconciliación como una de las cosas más importantes que puedo hacer. El Señor Jesús quiere encontrarse con Su pueblo y tocarlos con Su amor y misericordia. He visto vidas, como la mía, completamente cambiadas por Su gracia y misericordia.

¿Ha sido tu vida cambiada al encontrarte con la misericordia de Dios?
¿Hasta qué grado estás dispuesto a compartir con los demás el poder curativo de Jesús?

¡Tengan un gran día!

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. I’ve been Catholic my whole life… I got lost in the shuffle and was one week away from making my confirmation… Circumstance beyond my control… I went about my life for 36 years until I realized something was missing… My family is involved in the church big time and you would have thought I was taught ALL these things… I felt Divine Power draw me to mass everytime… I realized I needed my OWN confessor… Someone unbiased who didn’t know my family.

    I scheduled my very first reconciliation in my life… Needless to say I’ve been a horrible sinner… I forgave everyone always …

    Out of respect for this man God led me to…. I put my sins in a nice neat non- dramatic box for him … My intentions were and are still pure.

    When the priest said I was FORGIVEN … I couldn’t speak for a WHOLE WEEK … My mind was boggled because I actually FELT FORGIVEN …

    I had been confessing to God directly as you wrote.

    I’ve been fighting to make my confirmation but found tons of red tape… Mistakes and PROOF of abuse.

    I have SO many clients in mixed marriages like myself who WANT to go to church but they’re ” Old School” like me…

    I trusted ( and still do) the Priest like the Doctor… Well unfortunately in this age trust is something that must be earned with me.

    I appreciate your explanation as I’ve been ” self teaching” the a Holy Gospel because no one would help me except my amazing clients.

    God is amazing, funny, scary,incredible and I will NEVER give up until this is settled …

    This isn’t just about me anymore …

    It’s about ALL people God wants back…

    Because of my awful childhood I recently found out I suffer from PTSD as well as HYPER SENSITIVITY.

    God is working on these issues with me and my pains are ceasing but I love in FEAR… Imagine living in FEAR everyday of your life … You would think i couldn’t cope…. No … The Holy Spirit GAVE me that gift of FEAR for a reason.

    I should have been dead over 5 whole times … He wants me for SOMETHING … I intend on making it my LIFES MISSION to PROTECT ALL GODS PRECIOUS CHILDREN.

    IVE ASKED FOR DISPENSATION FROM THE POPE HIMSELF.

    thank you for the wisdom Father and may God Bless You too🙂

  2. How does one change the mindset of someone, who like you Fr, feels they only need to tell God their sins and no one else?

  3. Like some, for many years I believed in the resurrection but I couldn’t quite perceive of it in my mind because I personally had no proof and I believed maybe the apostles were just especially blest to see Jesus because of who they were. My father died, some very close friends died and this past year my Mom died and I was so at peace with her going home to God because some of the previous people has sent me hidden messages and God somehow filled my heart with the joy that all was okay and they are happy.


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