Sunday, April 08, 2007
Drawing on God's Mercy
I saw a drawing similar to the one above a few years ago. It was on a funeral card, and the young man whose funeral it was had drawn the image a few weeks before he died. Every time I come across one of these images of Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus with her tears, and drying them with her hair, I think about how his drawing seemed almost prophetic, and these words come to mind: "Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
Luke 7  Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.
 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."
 And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"
 And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."