Gospel: Lk 8:16-18
No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a bowl or puts it under the bed; rather,
he puts it on a lamp stand, so that people coming in may see the light. In the same
way, there is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered; nothing kept secret, that
Gospel: Mk 9:30-37
After leaving that place, they made their way through Galilee; but Jesus did not want people to know where he was because he was teaching
his disciples. And he told them, “The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him, but three days after he has been killed,
he will rise.” The disciples, however, did not understand these words and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.
Gospel: Lk 8:4-15
As a great crowd gathered and people came to him from every town, Jesus began teaching
them with a story: “The sower went out to sow the seed. And as he sowed, some of the grain fell along
the way, was trodden on and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and no sooner
Gospel: Lk 8:1-3
Jesus walked through towns and countryside, preaching and giving the good
news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve followed him, and also some women who
had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary called Magdalene, who had been
Gospel: Lk 7:36-50*
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to share his meal, so he went to the Pharisee’s home and
as usual reclined at the table to eat. And it happened that a woman of this town, who was
known as a sinner, heard that he was in the Pharisee’s house. She brought a precious jar of
perfume and stood behind him at his feet, weeping. She wet his feet with tears, she dried
them with her hair and kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them. (...) Then Jesus spoke to the Pharisee and said:
(...) “Two people were in debt to the same creditor. One owed him five hundred silver coins,
and the other fifty. As they were unable to pay him back, he graciously canceled the debts of both.
Now, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, who was
forgiven more.” And Jesus said, “You are right.” And turning toward the woman, he said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman? You gave me no water for my feet when I entered your house, but she
has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn’t welcome me with a kiss,
but she has not stopped kissing my feet since she came in. You provided no oil for my head, but she
has poured perfume on my feet. This is why, I tell you, her sins, her many sins, are forgiven, because
of her great love. But the one who is forgiven little, has little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman,
“Your sins are forgiven.” The others sitting with him at the table began to wonder, “Now this man
claims to forgive sins!” But Jesus again spoke to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Who says that Jesus hates the Pharisees? In this
gospel, a Pharisee invites Jesus to His house and He obliges.
They are seated probably enjoying a good meal when a
woman of ill repute barges in and bides her time to serve Him.
She did so by cleaning the Lord’s feet with her tears, wiping it
with her hair, and anointing it with a very expensive perfume.
But instead of reflecting upon himself whether he has given
Jesus the proper hospitality of washing Jesus’ feet as a guest
of his house, he evaluates Jesus and how He will behave
in this situation. He deflects the object of his scrutiny from
himself to Jesus and the sinful woman. And how many times
we have done this? Instead of examining ourselves, we
examine others. We exempt ourselves from criticism and
instead subject others to it. The woman, oblivious of the social
stigma, did what she could to ask forgiveness for her way of
life. She spared nothing and give her all. If breaking the
vase of an expensive perfume may seem a waste, its perfume
however filled the room with its sweet smell. May we feel the
world with the sweet smell of our holy works.
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Gospel: Jn 19:25-27 (or Lk 2:33-35)
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister Mary, who was
the wife of Cleophas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw the Mother, and the
Gospel: Jn 3:13-17
No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the
Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted
up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. Yes, God so loved the world that he gave
Gospel: Lk 7:1-10
When Jesus had finished teaching the people, he went to Capernaum.
A Roman military officer lived there, whose servant was very sick and near to
death, a man very dear to him. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent some elders
Gospel: Mk 8:27-35
Jesus set out with his disciples for the villages around Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
And they told him, “Some say you are John the Baptist; others say you are Elijah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus asked them,
“But you, who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” And he ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Gospel: Lk 6:43-49
No healthy tree bears bad fruit, no poor tree bears good fruit. And each tree is known
by the fruit it bears: you don’t gather figs from thorns, or grapes from brambles. Similarly
the good person draws good things from the good stored in the heart, and an evil person
draws evil things from the evil stored in the heart. For the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart.
Why do you call me: ‘Lord! Lord!’ and not do what I say? I will show you what the one who
comes to me and listens to my words and acts accordingly, is like. That one is like the builder
who dug deep and laid the foundations of his house on rock. The river overflowed and
the stream dashed against the house, but could not carry it off because the house had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act, is like a man who built his house on the ground
without a foundation. The flood burst against it, and the house fell at once: and what a
terrible disaster that was!”
Thoughts generate words, and words generate
action. So what we have deep in our center of being
is manifested to the physical world by our words and actions.
They could disclose what we have inside us, or what we lack
because words sometimes supply what is lacking in reality.
That is why Jesus tells us that it is impossible for a healthy
tree to produce bad fruit and vice versa. A good person
can pretend to be bad, and a bad person can pretend to be
good. But they cannot remain consistent in their action all the
time. Sooner or later, the truth will come out. For even if we
can manipulate our words and actions, still the body will not
lie. And so, to bear good fruit, we need first to listen to God’s
word. Just as Mary produced the best human there is
possible, our Lord Jesus Christ, when she listened and believed
in God’s word, so shall we produce abundant goodness
in our lives by imitating her docility to God’s word. We build
ourselves a strong foundation for our actions. It can withstand
the scrutiny of time. We can rest secure in our achievements
that started with God.
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