24th Week in Ordinary Times : Thursday, 16th September 2021

Daily Word Of God

Luke 7:36b-43, 47a

When Jesus arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses 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 this woman is that is touching him and what a bad name she has.’

Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Speak Master’ was the reply. ‘There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarii, the other fifty. They were unable to pay, so he pardoned them both off. Which of them will love him more?’

‘The one who was let off more, I suppose’ answered Simon. Jesus said, ‘You are right. For this reason I tell you that her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The woman in today’s Gospel account had earlier encountered Jesus who forgave her sins.


  • She was so overwhelmed with gratitude that she ignored what others might say or think in the way she thanked Jesus.


  • We, too, have been forgiven of our sins by Jesus. Do we show our gratitude to Jesus in the way we live and relate to others e.g. by loving them, especially those most un-deserving of our love?