David, the Shepherd-King of Israel, was a man who loved the Lord much. He, though chosen and anointed, sinned much. As we hear a condensed version of his sinfulness (2 Samuel 12:7-10), we hear David’s acknowledgement (without justification) of his sins and of the Lord’s forgiveness which would bring about eternal life. Our love for the Lord does not prevent us from sinful behavior. The acknowledgement of our sins allows us to experience of the Lord’s love and mercy to lavishly be showered upon us.
The sinful woman who bathed the feet of Jesus (with her tears) and anointed them with oil (Luke 7:36-8:3) acknowledges her sinfulness with a penitential act and is given the Gift of salvation in Christ. The Pharisees were critical of the Lord Jesus perhaps because they were either unwilling to admit they, too, were sinners, or that this woman was unworthy of such a merciful and loving act of God. Jesus is the Shepherd-King of all.
Compassionate God, you gather your people in prayer and lavish your gifts upon us anew. Sinners that we are, you have forgiven us much. Grant that our experience of your pardon may increase our love until it reflects your own immeasurable forgiveness.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!