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dc.contributor.authorHeaney, Roberten_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 446en_US
dc.description.abstractThe story in today's Gospel is familiar. Jesus, is invited to a dinner party, and a woman provides a service that His host had failed to offer. The other guests at the party were scandalized because the woman was considered by them to be a "sinner". Jesus should have known! Jesus responds first by pointing out His host's lapse, and then by telling a little parable about two individuals forgiven debts, one small and one large, and asks His host which would be more loving. The host correctly answers that the one forgiven the most would likely be the most grateful and loving. Jesus then tells the assembled guests that the woman's sins have been forgiven. The guests are shocked and wonder how Jesus could presume to forgive sins, which is something only God can do. But the story doesn't say that Jesus did the forgiving, and the parable that he told made it clear that the forgiveness preceded the woman's gratitude. Jesus tells his fellow guests that He could tell that the woman had been forgiven (past tense) by virtue of the loving service she provided. She couldn't have done it had she not already accepted God's forgiveness.|We're so locked into a quid pro quo mentality that we naturally think, as did the guests at the dinner, that Jesus forgave her because of her good deed. That's not what this episode tells us, and it's quite clear from other sources that God doesn't work that way. You can't earn God's favor. God requires no quid pro quo. God forgives first and asks the forgiven one to accept that forgiveness. When one finally realizes that he or she has been forgiven and does accept that forgiveness, then loving action follows. You'll notice that, in the question Jesus posed His host, He didn't ask who would be the more grateful, but who would be the more loving. If we can't bring ourselves to such loving action, maybe it's because we haven't really accepted God's offer of forgiveness.|As Luke makes clear, especially in the narrative surrounding the story of Jesus' conception and birth, the job of the disciple is to hear, accept and act. Hear the word (forgiveness in this case), accept it, and act on it (which means, among other things, both telling everyone we know the good news that they, too, are forgiven and living as one continuous act of self-giving).en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, September 20, 2012: 24th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitJohn A. Creighton University Chairen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHeaney, Robert P.en_US Timeen_US 24en_US
dc.subject.local11 Corinthians 15:1-11en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 118:1b-2, 16ab, 17, 28en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 7:36-50en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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