Posted under Reflections on June 12th, 2010 by

  A Pharisee invited him 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…

 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."…  (Lk7:36-8:3)



Jesus was invited by a Pharisee for a dinner. But Jesus met a sinful woman in that house.  How strange!!!. A righteous man allowed a sinful woman to come into his house. Pharisees were particular about the purification laws. Here in this story the Pharisee did not provide for the washing, whereas the sinful woman did the work of purification. Have they changed their roles?

Jesus had always something to tell. He had something even for the Pharisees. A simple and easily understandable parable was given to the Pharisee. He judged rightly and Jesus appreciated the Pharisee. Jesus appreciated the Pharisee when they said things rightly (do what they tell you and do not do what they do). The quantity/quality of love corresponds to the quantity/quality of forgiveness.  Greater the forgiveness; richer the love.

This story brings out certain elements which are important for life. When Jesus is there is no Pharisee or sinful person. They find themselves besides each other. They play the role of the other. They become equal in front of Jesus. (There are no quality/quantity distinctions). Forgiveness brings out the love that is within.    


Posted under Reflections on June 11th, 2010 by

 Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it…

his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Lk 2:41-51)


The quality of the immaculate heart of Mary is to search for the lost son. The search did not count the cost. Mary was ready to travel back the whole distance. The search is also personal: she goes searching. The anxiety of the mother is expressed in the question she addressed to her son. Hear of the mother longs to be with the son and if the son is lost then searches for the son until he is found.

She kept all the happenings in her heart and reflected upon them. Mary knew well that Jesus was different from the rest. And whatever happened to him were also different. Right from the arrival of the angel Gabriel, all the happenings were of different nature. Mary could only meditate upon them.

The feast of the immaculate heart of Mary presents to us the qualities that we could also cultivate. Immaculate heart is one that searches for Jesus and goes after Jesus. A heart that keeps everything and reflects over it. 

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