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The good news for the day June 12

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (93)

About the repentant woman who bathed His feet with tears, Jesus says to Simon the Pharisee, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your home, you did not offer me water for my feet, but she has been washing them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not hug me when I came, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since I came in. You did not show me respect by anointing my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with lotion. So I tell you, her many failings have been forgiven because she has shown great love. But somebody to whom less is forgiven does not love much.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other people at the meal were saying to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7)

“Do you see this woman?” Jesus asks all the time this question crucial to everything He does and says. “Do you see…” another person as they are—their struggles, their suffering, their frustrations and, above all, their heart.

People whom the world—the Pharisee—judges sinful—are often desperate. The thief, the prostitute, the addict, the rude and selfish neighbor, the heartless employer even, and the suicidal teen-ager—they struggle!

The Pharisee looks at the behavior, the external side—whether the “cup” is clean or not, whether the behavior conforms to what society considers good—whether the person is controlled by these standards. But Jesus sees the heart—and asks you: “Do you see the woman?’

Because you are humble & honest, your faith sees how others are like you—failures with shortcomings—in need of fixes and forgiveness. You have become aware of your own carelessness, avoidance, subtle hurts and revenges, and so many ways that you hurt others. You need forgiveness constantly—the healing of failures —and as a result you love much. See others as yourself—and you will love them with the same forgiveness.

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