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November 4, 2009

Magdalene Novena: Day 5

Christ in the House of Simon by Deric Bouts, 1464-1475

Meditation: Luke 7: 41-50

A certain creditor had two debtors, the one who owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which therefore of the two loveth him most? Simon answering, said: I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said to him: Thou hast judged rightly. And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she with tears hath washed my feet, and with her hairs hath wiped them. Thou gavest me no kiss; but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but she with ointment hath anointed my feet. Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is forgiven, he loveth less. And he said to her: Thy sins are forgiven thee. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves: Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman: Thy faith hath made thee safe, go in peace.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, The Life of Christ, Chapter 12, pp. 125-126

Her faith told her that God loves purity, goodness, and holiness. And before her stood He Who alone could restore her to that holiness. But the price He would pay for that peace could come only after a war -- the war against evil. The forgiveness the woman received was not merely that of being 'let off'; but it was one in which justice itself was satisfied. . . . The woman before Him had her debt of sin blotted out, but she had [yet] no idea how much it cost Him.

Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins, who by conversion
became the beloved of Jesus,
thank you for your witness
that Jesus forgives
through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness
in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that some day
I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.

Our Father.
Hail Mary.
Glory Be.

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