Today is the Memorial of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian. Many saints have shed their blood for love of Christ. We may not be called to exactly shed blood, but we must be willing to shed whatever is necessary for love of Christ.
The Gospel reading is from Luke 7 about The Penitent Woman. She, known to be a sinner, washed the feet of Jesus with her tears, wiped them with her hair, kissed them and anointed them with perfumed oil. She never said a word and Jesus forgave her many sins because of her great love and faith. So the Lord knows perfectly our hearts. Let us maintain a clean, pure, and loving heart in us for love of Christ.