A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Thursday 19 September

1 Timothy 4:12-16; Psalm 111; Luke 7:36-50

Our compassionate God

If we put ourselves among those who watched the woman weeping as she poured the precious and sweet-smelling ointment over Jesus’ feet we too might feel shocked. Imagine a similar scene in a public place here in New Zealand! Would you be shocked if some dignitary of church or state experienced something like this? Jesus, overflowing with the compassion of God, is not shocked or embarrassed. He reads what is in the heart of this woman and loves her, praises her and assures her that she is forgiven. He knew that her heart was full of love. It is consoling to know that our God is a God of compassion. Am I always compassionate or am I selective in my compassion?

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