September 16, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”
WHAT SORT OF PERSON: Many do not feel a part of the Church; they feel unworthy of being included. They feel that the Church is only for holy people, and they don’t belong.
In today’s gospel, Jesus responds to that concern.
The gospel shares the story of the woman washing the feet of Jesus with her tears. This woman accomplished three things by this action:
- She humbled herself, kneeling at Jesus’ feet. The act of washing another’s feet is incredibly humbling.
- She took a risk. For a woman, and a well-known sinner, to approach a man like Jesus and touch him would certainly have raised some eyebrows.
- She showed great faith. She believed she could turn to Jesus in her time of need and He would respond.
So it is with the Church. The Church is for all, but especially for those who need it the most.
So, is the Church for holy people? Sure.
However, the Church gives special welcome to broken people like us. It welcomes broken people who come forward to be nurtured; those who humble themselves and acknowledge that they can’t do it alone.
After all — who needs the Church more?