The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word (eucharistia) meaning “thanksgiving.” We come week by week to give our thanks and praise to God as we celebrate the Eucharist together. This is our principal act or worship and the core of who we are as Christians. As such, we are then called to go forth from this place to live lives rooted in that same sense of thankfulness. In this Sunday’s Gospel, we see a profound example of it means to live this life.
Jesus has been invited to Simon’s home, and we are told that a woman in the city, who was a sinner, bathes Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. She kisses his feet and anoints them. Jesus says to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” and “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” This woman showed abundant welcome and hospitality to Jesus in her act of thankfulness. Her faith – lived out in her act of hospitality and thankfulness – has made her whole.
May we come to the altar this Sunday, and every Sunday, as an act of great thanksgiving for God’s presence in our lives. No matter where we are on our journey of faith, in good times and challenging times, we must come and share our holy meal together. For when we do, we are strengthened and nourished to go out and show abundant hospitality to friend and stranger. Just like this woman showed to Jesus.