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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Psalm 103:13As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
Prayer ...
Father of Mercies and God of all Compassion, thank you for not only knowing and caring about our struggles and difficulties but sending us help in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. By one we know your love and mercy and by the other we know your might and supremacy. May your Spirit of compassion be found in our relationships. Through the gift of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (June 16, 2013)
Day: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
First Reading: 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11
Second Reading: Gal 2:16, 19-21
Gospel: Luke 7:36-50 and Luke 8:1-3
Lectionary: 93
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 7:36-50 and Luke 8:1-3
36One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at table. 37And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." 40 And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it, Teacher?" 41 "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?" 43 Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly." 44Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little." 48 And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?" 50 And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." [Luke 8] 1 Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Mag'dalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joan'na, the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus traveled extensively during his three years of public ministry. Luke tells us that a band of women went along with Jesus and the twelve apostles. This was a diverse group of women. Some came from rich and famous families, some had lived loose lives as adulterers and prostitutes, and others had been beleaguered with mental and spiritual afflictions. We know that Mary Magdalene had lived a very concerned life before Jesus unchained her from seven demons. He healed her besieged mind and troubled conscience, and filled her with the joy of knowing God's love and pardon. She was privileged to be the first to see Jesus as the risen Lord after he had died on the cross and his body laid in a tomb for three days. Another devoted disciple who served and joined with Jesus and the apostles was named Joanna. She was the wife of King Herod's chief financial officer and a rich lady of the court. It's unlikely that these two women would have ever met under other circumstances. What brought them jointly and united them in a bond of friendship, service, and loyalty to Jesus? Surely Jesus and his message of the kingdom of God had changed them. Unlike the twelve apostles, who took great pride in being the chosen twelve, these women did not seek place or demand any special privileges. Jesus had touched them so deeply that they were thankful to do anything for him, even unskilled humble service. They brought their gifts and resources to Jesus to use as he saw healthy.


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