St. Ephrem the Syrian imagines a conversation between Satan and the “sinful woman” of Luke 7:37-50. She throws off the yoke of Satan—and leaves the devil in tears!
Satan said to the sinful woman, “I tell you, woman, that I am the first of your lovers. I am not such as you, and I place my hands on you. I will give you much more gold than before.”
The sinful woman answered, “I am wearied of you, sir, and you are no more my lover. I have won for myself a husband in heaven, who is God that is over all, and his dominion stands for ever, and his Kingdom shall not be dissolved.
“See how in your presence I say it; I say it again and I am not lying. I was a handmaid to Satan from my childhood to this day. I was a bridge, and he walked over me, and I destroyed thousands of men. The eyepaint blinded my eyes, and made me blind among many whom I blinded. I became sightless and did not know that there is One who gives light to the sightless.
“Now see how I am going to get light for my eyes, and by that light to give light to many. I was fast bound, and did not know that there is One who overthrows idols. Look! I am going to have my idols destroyed, and so to destroy the follies of many. I was wounded and knew not that there is One who binds up wounds; and look! I am going to have my wounds bound.”
–St. Ephrem the Syrian, Homily on the Sinful Woman, 8
IN GOD’S PRESENCE, CONSIDER . . .
What old sins of mine do I have to throw off to get out from under Satan’s thumb?
May our Lord account us worthy of hearing this word of his: “Come, enter, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom made ready for all who shall do my will, and observe all my commandments.” To him be glory, on us be mercy, at all times.
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