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There is a correlation between forgiveness of sin and loving Jesus.


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Today's Reading
Luke 7:36-50

The meaning of this narrative is not clear.

The woman’s sins are forgiven but we don’t know whether the forgiveness has preceded her contact with Jesus at the dinner or is consequent to it.

Simon the Pharisee has invited Jesus to the dinner (a friendly gesture) but does not show Jesus the same degree of respect and honor as the woman does. He loves less than she does.

At the end of the narrative the other guests raise questions about the meaning of Jesus’ assertion, “Your sins are forgiven.”

What is clear is that there is a correlation between forgiveness of sin and loving Jesus. Maybe this narrative is an invitation for us to ask ourselves how we respond to Jesus’ forgiveness of our sins.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk,  the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974 and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. The archbishop’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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