June 15, 2013

11th Sunday - C


Forgiveness and Love

Jesus gives the explanation for the woman’s action, “Her many sins are forgiven because she has shown great love.”

It can be interpreted: she received forgiveness as a result of her great love.  But that would give the impression that God forgives sins with certain condition, or one can earn forgiveness.

However, with the parable of the two people whose debts are forgiven, Jesus teaches that “greater forgiveness brings greater love.” [1]  And he repeats the teaching in the next sentence, “The one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”  

In other words, love is the result of forgiveness.  

We can only love God when we have known and accepted God’s unconditional forgiveness.

In the case of the woman in this passage, her appreciation for the gift of forgiveness empowers her to go to a place where she is not welcome, and to show her great love for Jesus in the most extraordinary way.  [2].

In this woman, once a sinner, we witness the power of God’s forgiveness.

[1]  The New Jerusalem Bible.  New York, Doubleday, 1990.  Footnote, P. 1701.
[2] Francis J. Moloney, The Gospel of the Lord, Reflections on the Gospel Readings Year C. Collegeville, MN. Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 137.

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