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Choosing the right part

Thursday April 29, 2021

Theme: "Choosing the right part"

Text: Luke 7: 36-50

36. A Pharisee begged Jesus to eat with him. Jesus entered the Pharisee's house and sat down to eat. 37. And behold, a sinful woman who was in the city, knowing that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee, brought an alabaster vessel full of incense, 38. and stood behind at the feet of Jesus . She cried; and soon she wet his feet with her tears, then wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with perfume. 39. The Pharisee who invited him, seeing this, said to himself: If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what kind of woman is touching him, he would know that she is a sinner. 40. Jesus answered and said unto him, Simon, I have something to say to you. -Master, speak, he replied. 41. A creditor had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42. As they had no money to pay, he forgave both of them their debt. Which one will like it the most? 43. Simon answered, He, I think, to whom he gave the most. Jesus said to her, You have righteously judged. 44. Then, turning to the woman, he said to Simon, Do you see this woman? I came into your house, and you gave me no water to wash my feet; but she wet them with her tears, and wiped them with her hair. 45. You gave me no kiss; but she, since I entered, has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46. ​​You did not pour oil on my head; but she poured perfume on my feet. 47. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven: for she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little loves little. 48. And he said to the woman, Your sins are forgiven. 49. Those who were at the table with him began to say to themselves, Who is this, who forgives even sins? 50. But Jesus said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.

Let us remember:

At this meeting, the main activity was the meal. Normally this sinful woman had to ask for a dish in order to be like everyone else. However, this one, made a contrary choice. She ignored the meal, focusing only on the basics: the good part. She could have been interested in the men who were around the table to recruit one who would satisfy her worldly appetites; instead, she chose salvation. None of the good people worshiped Jesus when this woman did at the cost of her tears, her hair and her perfume. The bad part chosen by the other guests was to judge, doubt, minimize, whisper, wonder ... all of this is backward. It was ultimately the sinful woman who taught them; she left in peace under the influence of divine grace. His good choice paid off well. Excellent Thursday. Amen

Alain Louz.-

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