Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine

Readings: 1Cor. 15:1-11 | Ps. 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28 | Lk. 7:36-50

Paul teaches us that we are called to be faithful to the Gospel and to bring the Good News of the Resurrected Christ to all. This good news is contained in today’s Gospel. Jesus’ feet are washed by the tears of the woman who proceeds to dry them with her hair. Simon, a Pharisee, criticizes Jesus for being associated with this sinner. Jesus reminds Simon that he did not provide the common courtesies when He came to visit. Jesus invites us to realize that we are forgiven and should extend that same forgiveness to others. This spirit is cultivated and cannot exist side by side with criticism.

Take time to recall all the ways in which God has forgiven you. Give thanks for these moments. Reflect to see if there is anyone you are called to forgive. Ask for the grace to do so. Remember that each time kindness is extended towards others, it will also be extended to you.

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