August 9, 2022     3:29 pm
54. Week of Second Sunday after Epiphany - Thursday
To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little
          Come to me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Mathew 11:28
          One day a Pharisee, in one of the cities of Galilee, desired that Jesus should eat with him. And Jesus went into the Pharisee's house and sat down to eat, but was not shown the customary courtesies. And, behold, there was a woman in the city who was a notorious sinner. When she knew that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at His feet behind Him, weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee saw this, he said to himself: "This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what type of woman this is that touches Him; for she is a sinner." Jesus said to him: "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he said: "Say on." Jesus said: "A certain creditor had two debtors: the one owed him 500 pence and the other 50. And when they had nothing to pay with, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?" Simon answered and said: "He, I suppose, to whom he forgave most." And He said to him: "You have rightly judged." And He turned to the woman and said to Simon: "Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, you gave Me no water for My feet; but she has washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss; but this woman, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil; but this woman has anointed My feet with ointment. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." And He said to her: "Your sins are forgiven." And those that sat eating with Him began to say within themselves: "Who is this that forgives sins also?" But Jesus said to the woman: "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (Luke 7:36-50)
          Do you see our text above? Do you see from this story how Jesus fulfils it? Do you see how Jesus receives sinners? Do you see how those who know that Jesus has forgiven them much also love Him much? And do you see how those who think they need only a little forgiveness have only a little love for Jesus? Do you know your sins? Do you know the Saviour's compassion? And do you love Him much?
          PRAYER: - Dear Heavenly Father, who through Your Word has called us miserable sinners to Your kingdom, where there is forgiveness of sins, which Your dear Son has merited, and every grace and mercy, I beseech You so to enlighten my heart by Your Holy Spirit that like Matthew, the publican, I may always follow that call, ceasing to sin, bettering my life, and looking confidently to Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, for all grace, and thus finally entering heaven. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:29 pm