What would you say? Would you say something like Lord, forgive the wrong I have done? Or would you make excuses. Would you compare your sins to those of someone you think is worse? Would you defend yourself and justify what you’ve done? Or, would something like Psalm 32 be your response? Would you confess and not hide your faults from the Lord, but seek God’s mercy? Would you cry, Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
Now imagine, after going over your blessings and your sins, God says, I forgive you. You will not die in your sins. Would you be grateful for having your fault taken away instead of being held against you, and change things? Would you see then, that God is your shelter? Would you understand that it is God who preserves you? Would you cry out with joy about your freedom and rejoice, go, and sin no more?
We don’t know how the woman came to know of Jesus, or his power, his love, his mercy. We only know what we read, that she had been deeply moved by grace to seek him and throw herself at his feet. She had been deeply moved by grace moving her to know, that he knows her heart, her desire to be remade and free. She knew that he was what Love is, not what the world had shown her, taught her and trained her to believe. She is so hungry for that freedom, for that authentic love and mercy that she breaks through the crowd and into a private dinner of a social elite and leader among the Jews. She will not be held back from the presence of the Lord and is desperate not to live another moment in sin.
Trust Him. Go to Him. Let Him embrace you every day of your life. Don’t you want to hear those words of Christ, "Your sins are forgiven." "Your faith has saved you; go in peace.",?
Brothers and sisters, as St. Paul says, we neither live nor die by the law because we become justified through faith in Jesus Christ who by his sorrowful passion offers mercy to us and to the whole world. In choosing to live in the freedom of this mercy and forgiveness, this redeeming sacrifice of love, we choose to live for God and impelled by that love, to serve and to make our lives an endless bounty of spiritual and corporal works of mercy. If we have died in Christ, then we rise in Christ. If he lives in us, then we live in Him. Oh, amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.
Every day, the choice is ours. Be like the Pharisee in the Gospel reading, or be like the sorrowfully repentant woman who cries at the feet of Jesus.
Those who are honest with themselves, who know in the depths of their soul that they need God's mercy and grace in their lives, those folks seek Gods mercy as often as they sin. Those folks, become saints.
Peace doesn't just happen; it's made.
CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.