“Go in peace” Jesus says, in this Sunday’s gospel (Luke 7:36—8:3), to the woman who approaches him, weeping, to bathe his feet with her tears. In Jesus’ presence, she, in fact, bathes in mercy. Her tears are tears of gratitude. She is humbled by such generosity and kindness of heart. She sought mercy and mercy indeed emanated from the Merciful One. Peace results from all being well, from being where we ought to be. This woman experienced, in Christ, God’s embrace.
We all yearn for mercy: to be held unconditionally by God in our brokenness. The things in our lives that weigh upon our hearts, that even embarrass us, need not keep us from God. We ought to know, in faith, beyond what we may feel, that God awaits us, the Merciful One invites us. And, in allowing ourselves to be held by God, the joy of God radiates.
Yours in Christ,
From the desk of the Rector