Today’s Scripture readings address multiple issues, especially the reality of forgiveness. In the first reading, King David says: “I have sinned against the Lord.” And then we hear that he is forgiven. In the second reading we hear St. Paul say we are justified [God’s act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin; being right with God] through belief in Jesus Christ. Finally, in the gospel, we hear Jesus tell the Pharisee Simon, in whose house Jesus is dining: “Little is forgiven the one whose love is small.” After saying this to Simon, Jesus then forgives the sinful woman who had bathed his feet with her tears.
In the spirit of these readings, let us ponder:
Is there someone whom I should ask for
forgiveness? If yes, why haven’t I asked?
If yes, when will I ask?
Is there anyone who needs my forgiveness?
If yes, am I willing to forgive? If yes, but
I am not willing to forgive, why not?
We must remember that God is always read?
to open the door; God is very willing to meet
us as we journey towards Him; and…
God forgives countlessly!
—Fr. Tim Shepard, S.J. is a pastoral minister, librarian, and
retreat director living at Colombiere, the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit retirement center in Clarkston MI.