September 18 Gospel reflection: how lavishly do we love?

September 18 – Luke 7:36-50

mary-washes-jesus-feetHow much she loved Jesus!

She might have seen him preaching on the mount when He told the crowd that the poor in spirit were blessed. Blessed. No one had ever said that to her before.This vibrant preacher drew her to Him like a magnet. His words shone a bright spotlight on her soul where she saw the reality of her life for the first time. She knew she was poor. Somehow she must meet this prophet and find out how she could be blessed.

She would do anything to get near Him. She could not get Him out of her mind after seeing Him that day on the mount.

Several days later she saw Him entering a house nearby her own. She burst into the house uninvited, paying no mind to the other men in the room who were whispering about her: “Sinner!” “Prostitute!” She ignored their murmurs and their stares. She only saw Jesus.

She had one thing on her mind: “I love Him.” She cried copious tears at the sight of the object of her desire but this time her intentions were pure. She lavished her love upon Him, covering His feet with kisses, washing them with her tears, and drying them with her hair.

His eyes met hers and in that moment she knew she was blessed. Her unbridled love for the Son of Man saved her that day.


How can I show my love for Jesus? Whom can I lavish my love upon?


I love you Lord but sometimes my love is reserved. How I wish I could see you face to face but I cannot until the day I die. Oh Lord, send me those people that You wish me to love just as that woman loved You. Amen.


2 thoughts on “September 18 Gospel reflection: how lavishly do we love?

  1. The woman was finally treated as a person by somebody. Jesus lifted her spirit to a place of dignity and self worth. In my own encounter with the Lord, I too finally felt, Somebody values me!

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