Daily Gospel Reflection for September 18, 2014




Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:36-50

How much she loved Jesus!

Perhaps she had seen him preaching on the mount when He told the crowd that the poor in spirit were blessed. We don’t know, but we know she was drawn to this vibrant preacher like a magnet. His words shone a bright spotlight on her soul and she saw the reality of her life for the first time. She knew she was poor. She longed to be blessed.

She must have been listening for word of him. He must have been on her mind. She heard He was near and saw Him enter a house near her own. She burst into the house uninvited, paying no mind to others in the room whispering about her. Sinner. Prostitute. She ignored their murmurs and their stares. She saw only Jesus.

She was singleminded; love for Jesus filled her heart. She saw Jesus and she cried copious tears. Her intentions pure, she lavished her love upon Him, covering His feet with kisses, washing them with her tears, and drying them with her hair.

His eyes met hers and in that moment she knew she was blessed. Her unbridled love for the Son of Man, her faith, saved her that day.


How can I show my love for Jesus? Whom can I lavish my love upon?


I love you Lord but sometimes my love is reserved. How I wish I could see you face to face but I cannot. Until I can Oh Lord, send me those people that You wish me to love face to face just as the woman in the Gospel loved You. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Susan Bailey


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.


  1. Oh Susan, you paint such a beautiful picture of this encounter that I can put myself in her prayers and it literally brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for the reminder to lavish that love that we would give to Jesus upon someone else in our lives today. What a gift. Thank you for a beautiful prayer time!

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