Daily Gospel (1778)
Gospel: Lk 7:36-50*
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to share his meal, so he went to the Pharisee’s home and
as usual reclined at the table to eat. And it happened that a woman of this town, who was
known as a sinner, heard that he was in the Pharisee’s house. She brought a precious jar of
perfume and stood behind him at his feet, weeping. She wet his feet with tears, she dried
them with her hair and kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them. (...) Then Jesus spoke to the Pharisee and said:
(...) “Two people were in debt to the same creditor. One owed him five hundred silver coins,
and the other fifty. As they were unable to pay him back, he graciously canceled the debts of both.
Now, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, who was
forgiven more.” And Jesus said, “You are right.” And turning toward the woman, he said to Simon,
“Do you see this woman? You gave me no water for my feet when I entered your house, but she
has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn’t welcome me with a kiss,
but she has not stopped kissing my feet since she came in. You provided no oil for my head, but she
has poured perfume on my feet. This is why, I tell you, her sins, her many sins, are forgiven, because
of her great love. But the one who is forgiven little, has little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman,
“Your sins are forgiven.” The others sitting with him at the table began to wonder, “Now this man
claims to forgive sins!” But Jesus again spoke to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Who says that Jesus hates the Pharisees? In this
gospel, a Pharisee invites Jesus to His house and He obliges.
They are seated probably enjoying a good meal when a
woman of ill repute barges in and bides her time to serve Him.
She did so by cleaning the Lord’s feet with her tears, wiping it
with her hair, and anointing it with a very expensive perfume.
But instead of reflecting upon himself whether he has given
Jesus the proper hospitality of washing Jesus’ feet as a guest
of his house, he evaluates Jesus and how He will behave
in this situation. He deflects the object of his scrutiny from
himself to Jesus and the sinful woman. And how many times
we have done this? Instead of examining ourselves, we
examine others. We exempt ourselves from criticism and
instead subject others to it. The woman, oblivious of the social
stigma, did what she could to ask forgiveness for her way of
life. She spared nothing and give her all. If breaking the
vase of an expensive perfume may seem a waste, its perfume
however filled the room with its sweet smell. May we feel the
world with the sweet smell of our holy works.
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Gospel: Jn 3:13-17
No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the
Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted
up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. Yes, God so loved the world that he gave
Gospel: John 3:13-17
No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life.
God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; instead, through him the world is to be saved.
Gospel: Lk 7:1-10
When Jesus had finished teaching the people, he went to Capernaum.
A Roman military officer lived there, whose servant was very sick and near to
death, a man very dear to him. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent some elders
Gospel: Mk 8:27-35
Jesus set out with his disciples for the villages around Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
And they told him, “Some say you are John the Baptist; others say you are Elijah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus asked them,
“But you, who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” And he ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Gospel: Lk 6:39-42
And Jesus offered this example, “Can a blind person lead another blind person?
Surely both will fall into a ditch. A disciple is not above the master; but when fully
trained, he will be like the master. So why do you pay attention to the speck in your
Gospel: Lk 6:27-38
But I say to you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless
those who curse you and pray for those who treat you badly. To the one who strikes you on the
cheek, turn the other cheek; from the one who takes your coat, do not keep back your shirt. Give
Gospel: Mt 1:1-16, 18-23*
This is the account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and
his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (their mother was Tamar), Perez was the father
of Hezron, and Hezron of Aram. (...) Salmon was the father of Boaz. His mother was Rahab. Boaz was the father
Gospel: Lk 6:12-19
At this time, Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, he called
his disciples to him, and chose Twelve of them, whom he called ‘apostles’: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother
Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot;
Gospel: Lk 6:6-11
On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and began teaching. There was
a man with a paralyzed right hand and the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees
watched him: Would Jesus heal the man on the Sabbath? If he did, they could accuse him.
Gospel: Mk 7:31-37
Again Jesus set out; from the country of Tyre he passed through Sidon and skirting the sea of Galilee, he came to the territory of Decapolis.
There a deaf man who also had difficulty in speaking was brought to him. They asked Jesus to lay his hand upon him. Jesus took him apart
from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then, looking up to heaven, he groaned and said
Gospel: Lk 5:33-39
Some people asked him, “The disciples of John fast often and say long prayers, and
so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why is it that your disciples eat and drink?” Then
Jesus said to them, “You can’t make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom