But I just want to note the Gospel. Today is a relatively long Gospel: Luke 7:36-8:3. It's main focus is about forgiveness and love and the close connection between the two. The story is probably quite well known. Jesus is invited to eat with a Pharisee and while he is there a woman comes up to Him and starts wiping it feet with her hair while wetting them with her tears. The Pharisee is thinking to himself "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." (Luk 7:39 RSV). But Jesus explains that it is not just about sin, but that it is about a conversion of heart.
I think it is interesting that Jesus confirms that this woman is a sinner as He says "her sins, which are many, are forgiven" (Luk 7:47 RSV). God is not really interested in our past, in what we have done. God is interested in who we are, now and at this moment, and who we are going to be in the future.
Therefore, I think this gospel can help us to realise that we sometimes have to let go of the past. It can be very hard to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we have made. But whatever about the effect on ourselves and other, and off course these are important to consider, we should not loose sight of God's mercy. We should not despair, but hope in God's love. On Good Friday/Holy Saturday Judas gave up hope, but Peter trusted in Gods mercy. And by doing so, he grew in love and became the leader of the Church... God is interested who we are, and who we are meant to be. He is inviting us to repent and follow him.
"The Hope that never disappoints is Jesus Christ" (The theme of the weekend)