16 Sep Thu, 24th Week in Ordinary Time. Ss Cornelius, Pope & Cyprian, bishop

9/15/2021 2:39:18 PM
1 Tim. 4:12-16 / Ps. 110:7-8,9,10 / Lk. 7:36-50 (Ps Wk IV)

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We see how Luke pays attention to Jesus' care and respect for women. In this particular story, we must be careful not to be misled by the words describing the woman as "known in the town to be a sinner" and presume she was a prostitute and then jump to the unfounded conclusion that she was Mary Magdalene.

The Pharisees looked upon anyone who did not keep the Mosaic Law strictly as a sinner (cf. Lk 18:9). The woman may have simply been a less than fervent Jew. The most we say about her is that she was not a respectable person like Simon. There are many other contrasts in the story, such as the following.

Simon was not a very polite host, as Jesus points out to him. Still, Jesus himself was very polite and accepting towards the woman, who had obviously heard of him and presumably thought she could approach him without being rejected. The core of the story is not the woman's but her appeal to Jesus through her dramatic gesture.

Lord Jesus, it is one of the great consolations of our faith that we can al`ways approach you seeking acceptance, mercy, and forgiveness. Grant us the grace always to approach You in our need for understanding and acceptance.  

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9月16日 ( 四 )常年期第二十四週   教宗聖高爾乃略及聖西彼廉主教(殉道)

弟茂德前書 4:12-16
聖詠 111[110]:7-8,9,10
路加福音 7:36-50

我們可以從今天的故事,正如我們可以從路加福音的許多其他段落,看到路加很注重耶穌對婦女們的關懷和尊重。就今天的故事而言,我們必須小心,不要因為那位婦人被描述為「是城中的罪人」,便誤以為她是妓女,並貿然斷定她就是瑪利亞瑪達肋納。法利塞人視所有不嚴格遵守梅瑟法律的人為罪人(參閱路18:9)。也許,這婦人只不過是個不太熱心的猶太人。也許,我們至多只能說,她不像西滿那樣備受尊重。

故事中,還有許多其他的對比:如耶穌指出的,身為宴請耶穌的主人西滿,顯得有點無禮。但耶穌自己待這位相信早已對耶穌有所認識,且認為自己可以走近祂,而不會遭到拒絕的那位婦人,卻十分有禮,並且領了她的盛情。故事的核心不是那婦人,而是她激情的舉止,向耶穌申訴的懇求。

主耶穌,我們的信仰生活的一大安慰,就是常能走近祢,尋求祢的接納、憐憫和寬恕。每當我們需要諒解和接納時,請祢教我們懂得向祢投奔。

(theology.org.hk)
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