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Radical compassion

In this reflection of Luke's biblical narrative (7: 36-8: 3) I want to emphasize this encounter between Jesus and a companion-sister whose name is not mentioned. It is curious that the four Gospels contain stories of the anointing of Jesus by a woman, but they do not narrate like Luke does the most subversive
and provocative behavior of the woman with her crying, her tears, the kiss, and the drying of Jesus feet. Jesus with her hair. The other detail is that in the other Gospels the objection that appears is about the care of an expensive ointment, but, here, it is about the reputation of the woman as a sinner and
the supposed failure of Jesus not to repudiate her actions.

I confess that I have always imagined this scene in a way where Jesus and this sister make eye contact
forgetting for a moment the stupid moralism of this society that has nothing to do with the love of God. Meanwhile, the woman also has a story with Jesus, which we can say about his acts of enormous gratitude.

Here the important thing is that this fellow-sister has been forgiven by Jesus and she pours out her
gratitude in tears, kisses, and lotion. I sincerely confess that I would like to be able to learn from her this kind of confession-gratitude. And it's good that Jesus did not have an anonymous look for her as I often do to people in the street because of my haste, my indifference or my worries. Jesus showed her
a radical compassion by sending to hell those who could say something against his reputation. He saw in her a human being in despair. Connecting with her led him to understand her reality and this is why he was able to relate to her feelings and listen to their needs when he asked for forgiveness.

This phase of Jesus magnetizes me because it is like a challenge to the church to move outside of
its religious duties and begin a socio-spiritual activism of radical compassion. All this is an invitation for us as a church-people to understand that it is not right to make judgments about people and / or reject people. We are people in sin, and this is a reality that nobody changes and that is why
the mercy and radical compassion of Jesus accepts us and forgives us every day just as he did with this sister. Our challenge is to do the same.

In solidarity love, the most important sacrament

Fr. Luis
Date news: 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 17:00