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16 June 2013: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

The woman in today's Gospel who anoints Jesus' feet with her tears approaches Jesus burdened by her sins. She is a 'prodigal daughter' of sorts; a woman who is known in the town by her shame seeks forgiveness from Jesus. When it counts to our relationships with God, and God's overflowing mercy, it is for us to admit our weakness before God and be bathed in the prodigality of God's forgiveness. Jesus did not weigh the woman 's sins when deciding whether to forgive. He graciously accepted her true offering of love and graced her with freedom and peace.

Pope Francis in one of his first addresses said: "We need to 'go out', then in order to experience our own anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy; to the 'outskirts' where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters. It is not in soul searching that we encounter the Lord ... to live our priestly life going from one course to another, from one method to another, leads us to become pelagians and to minimise the power of grace, which comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith go out and give ourselves and the Gospel to others."

Pope Francis reportedly encouraged religious orders not to be afraid to make mistakes, as long as they "open doors" and try to "do something wherever life cries out to them".

It's not news that an old man dies of a cold in Ottaviano (near the Vatican). On the other hand the main stock exchange goes up or down three points and this is a world event. One must shake things up! Money is not the image and likeness of God. Only the person is the image and likeness of God. It is necessary to flip it over. This is the Gospel.

Never look forward to the future with anxiety.
Be not solicitous.
Consider the lilies.
The present is the will of God.

Bede Jarret OP

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