Gratitude for God’s Generosity

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by Food for Thought

FirstReading: 1 Cor 15:1-11
Psalm: Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28
Gospel: Lk 7:36-50

Imagine that we have such a huge debt to pay strict creditors, then suddenly Jesus comes to our rescue and gives us the funds to cover this bill. How would we feel at that very moment? What would our reaction be to our Lord who generously swoops in to lend his support and to save us from a sure prison sentence?

Maybe in this instance, we can begin to empathize with the sinful woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair. She must have been so grateful to be freed from the harsh judgment of society. Here was a
holy man who looked on her with love and complete understanding. He accepted her for who she is. And this is what inspires her to convert and become a better person.

We’ve all had our share of falling short and not really living up to what is expected. But God doesn’t shoo us away? In fact, He embraces us more and gently nudges us to keep doing our best. There is no
prerequisite to earning His love. It will always be there whether we remain on the righteous path or if we unintentionally stray elsewhere. May we always appreciate such wonderful and mysterious love.