Bettina Morales, Little Whispers

Repent and See

First Reading
1 Timothy 4:12-16
Beloved:
Let no one have contempt for your youth,
but set an example for those who believe,
in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching.
Do not neglect the gift you have,
which was conferred on you through the prophetic word
with the imposition of hands by the presbyterate.
Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them,
so that your progress may be evident to everyone.
Attend to yourself and to your teaching;
persevere in both tasks,
for by doing so you will save
both yourself and those who listen to you.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 111:7-8, 9, 10
R.(2) How great are the works of the Lord!

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
prudent are all who live by it.
His praise endures forever.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!

Gospel
Luke 7:36-50
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.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Simon, I have something to say to you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?”
Simon said in reply,
“The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.”
He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven;
hence, she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But he said to the woman,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”


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“He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’” (Luke 7:48)

 REFLECTION
As a child, I had always been shy. I hated speaking to people of unfamiliar faces, falling in line alone to pay for groceries, and knocking on the faculty door whenever I needed to call for a teacher. This reached even the comforts of my own home. I kept a safe distance from sharing personal feelings to my parents and I had always been reserved whenever I speak. And even during times where I commit hurtful actions, it was difficult for me to say the word sorry.

My sorry is, at instances, a slight tap on their shoulders and a hug to finish the deed. But most of the time, my sorry is left unsaid until things slowly go back to the way they were with issues unresolved. However, as I grew up, little by little I learned the essence of owning up to my mistakes, asking for forgiveness, and rekindling through acts of love.

Just like God, my parents only wait for me to acknowledge the sins I committed. They wait until I admit and repent on each action I do. No matter how much I hurt them, their love for me never lessened.

As human beings, it has been written at the palm of our hands that we commit sins continuously; by the way we talk, act, and even think. More so, the littlest hateful thought in our heads adds up to our countless sins. But in today’s gospel, we are reminded that the weight of our sin plays no bearing when it comes to God’s love; no judgment from other people will make God love you less.

Let today be a reminder that our God is a merciful and loving God, and His grace overpowers all sin in this world. Every day, he waits beside us with open arms. So, as His children we must remember that when we humble ourselves and we learn to repent on our faults, we may find ourselves back on track towards God’s embrace.

Prayer
Almighty Father, I ask for forgiveness for the times that I have done things that were not of You. Help me to always remember You in the things I do and encounter every day. Amen.

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