Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Luke 7:36-50 A Sinful Woman

Luke 7:36-50 A Sinful Woman

Tears are for sorrow. They are also for surprised joy.

There are some among us who live their lives in total darkness. They move in the evening and sleep during the day. They nourish themselves in the darkest of hours and in all the lost places. They are the dead to life, numb to beauty and sickened by sin. They are unknown, with no names, shadows that walk in the valley of tears.

All these years lost in sin had not yet killed all the graces that the Eternal Father had released onto her. She was dying a slow and painful death but could not overcome the fear of destitution. What would life be without money or a warm bed? Now, after so much time - after wrestling with all the devils and ghosts of years gone by - she had overcome the fear and reached a never imagined hypothesis: What would life be like with Jesus of Nazareth?

An adulterous woman, whom many considered lost, had found her way to the Lord. By this time not a single obstacle could dissuade her from falling at the feet of the Lord. She could no longer wait. Her moment had arrived. Hours and hours of back and forth with mind and body had finally come to this conclusion: I must see him. It has to be now!

It seemed to take forever to arrive at the door. The physical distance was insignificant. The moral leap could only be described by one man’s step into fame: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Her name, her identity is irrelevant at this time. What St. Luke would like to tell his future readers is that this woman is a child of Eve, the whole of humanity! The world is a very small place. We are all united in sin. From time to eternity we are only one breath away; from sinner to saint, only one confession away. The miracle of the Universe is not how vast it is, but how cozy it feels. This step for this unknown woman felt so right and yet was so hard, harder than any steps ever taken before. How easy it is to fall into sin. How difficult it is to seek forgiveness.

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict, was once asked “How many ways are there to heaven?” The Holy Father responded immediately, “As many as there are people.”

As we walk in the valley of darkness and tears, I have no fear for you, my God, are with me. This is the secret. This is the surprise. The Lord walks with those who love him. Our journey to heaven may be as different as the man in China, but if the Lord is my guide, my companion and my Savior, then the journey will always lead me to a joy that is complete.

The sinful woman was surprised by Christ and wept for joy. She had made it home, through the dark, amidst the anguish of devils and ghosts of her past, to a guide that would eventually take her to His Father’s mansion, where there would be no more wailing or grinding of teeth, but an alabaster flask of ointment to bathe her feet and a Father to wipe away her tears.

5 comments:

  1. “There are some among us who live their lives in total darkness.”

    That was me to a degree, with one little difference. No one knew it. The real me was imprisoned in a dark pit while the fake me was doing what was expected on the outside desperately trying to keep the secret, that I was at home in the darkness.

    Most of the people I knew then never knew about the darkness and most of the people I know now, don’t believe it. But it’s true.

    How did I escape? I can’t say other than, it was all God’s Grace.

    At times I still hear the darkness calling me, but the voices are becoming more faint and with God’s Grace I am able to resist the comfort of the darkness.

    I would still be living that double life if it weren’t for God’s Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness.

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  2. we all can slip back into the darkness very easily. Satan would love it! Satan would love to see God's plan for you fall apart. There is a mission and plan much greater than each one of us that God has started to unfold. The path must followed. Many souls are at risk.

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  3. God has spoken to me since I was a little child. I know this is a special gift. He has always protected and watched out over me. Sometimes, He speaks to me in dreams. The last dream I had was about a year and half ago. As I was sleeping, my soul left my body. My soul joined the soul of my another. God was present. The joy I felt that night was like any joy I have EVER felt on earth. That is saying a lot since I am a parent. I had found my another! However, when my soul rejoined my body, God said "you can NEVER be together"! What? I had found the one I was intended for and I could never be with that one? I wept, wept, wept so hard; so hard that I woke myself up and my eyes were swollen and I was gasping for air. Overtime, He has purified and cleansed my love for my another. Of course, Satan tries to come in and play with my mind and make it sinful. Through all of this, God has given me such a beautiful gift to be able to know and love my another in a pure and Holy way. I will continue to be obiedient and listen and follow God's direction...even when my heart and will want to weak and give in. I love the Lord with all my heart!

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  4. I am a student in a biblical studies course, and I was directed to this site via Google images when I searched for the Sinful Woman of Luke 7. I would love to use the image on this page for an essay I'm writing, but my professor says I need permission- do you mind?

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  5. Erica, my understanding has always been that if you are trying to use it for financial gain then you have to ask permission. I did not create the image, so you can use it as long as it is not for financial purposes. Academic purposes are fine - in fact, I cannot think of a time when I did not use someone else's art work for a presentation in school.

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