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<< Thursday, September 19, 2002 >> St. Januarius
 
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
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Psalm 118 Luke 7:36-50
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A TALE OF TWO SINNERS

 
"I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love." —Luke 7:47, RNAB
 

 The penitent woman owed a "larger debt" to God (Lk 7:43); she had committed "many sins" (Lk 7:47). Jesus "wrote off" her huge debt of sin; He forgave them all (Lk 7:42, 48). The woman's response to being forgiven was a model for us all. She reformed her life, accepted the gift of saving faith (Lk 7:50), came directly to Jesus, and showered Him with love (Lk 7:45).

Jesus told a story about another grievous sinner who owed a "huge amount" of debt to the Lord because of all his sins (Mt 18:24). Again, God mercifully forgave this man completely and "wrote off the debt" of his sins (Mt 18:27). Here the similarity between these two great sinners stops. The man seemingly forgot all about the forgiveness he had received and "went out" (Mt 18:28) to resume his lifestyle of sin. He was handed over to be tortured (Mt 18:34).

Jesus "wrote off both debts. Which of them was more grateful to Him?" (Lk 7:42) How will you respond to Jesus and the forgiveness He has for you?

 
Prayer: Father, may my heart overflow "in much gratitude to" You (2 Cor 9:12). I give You my life out of love for You.
Promise: "I handed on to you first of all what I myself received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that He was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day." —1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Praise: St. Januarius, a bishop, risked his life to visit and comfort two of his deacons who had been imprisoned for their faith. He was captured, imprisoned, and martyred with his companions.
 
(This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.) (For a related teaching, order our tape on Pride and Faith on audio AV 64-1 or video V-64.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 7, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 12, 2002
 
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