Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

A Pharisee named Simon invited the Lord to his home but denied Him even the common courtesy of a basin of water to rinse road dust from His feet. Then a sinful woman approached Jesus, let her tears fall upon His feet, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with ointment. She had received His forgiveness for her many sins and, naturally, wanted to show her great love for Him. Jesus worked a miracle when a centurion, admittedly unworthy to have Jesus under the same roof with him, asked the Lord by messenger to cure his slave from a distance. On the Cross, Jesus commended Mary and the Disciple whom He loved to one another, and the Disciple took the Blessed Mother into his home. When we invite the Lord into our lives through prayer, how do we welcome Him?