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Doctrines & Morals

Luke 7:47; "Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."

Yesterday, we talked about pursuing the higher gift which is love. There seems to be a connection forgiveness and love in today's gospel reading. Jesus says, "The one who's forgiven little, loves little." In other words, those who don't ask for forgiveness very often have little genuine love for others. 
We're all blind, to some degree, to the sins we commit. We don't want to see them. We're afraid that admitting our sins will prove that we don't deserve to be loved or that God will punish us by making us miserable. So, without thinking about it, we focus on other people's sins. We rationalize away our own sinfulness. We defend our actions. We justify ourselves, forgetting that Jesus already justified us on the cross. 
God appreciates our desire to grow in holiness. Consider which person in today's scripture enjoyed the presence of Jesus more: Simon the Pharisee or the sinful woman? When we're like Simon, caught in the self-deception of believing that we're better than people whose sins are plainly visible, we're really trying to protect ourselves from getting punished. When we're like the sinful woman, honest with ourselves about missing the mark, we discover a greater love: We discover the depth to which God cares about us. 
Lord, help me to accept the fact that I am a sinner and grant me the grace to be repentant. Amen.
Good morning and do have a wonderful day. God loves you.
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