October 15, 2017
What begins as a dinner party for Jesus hosted by a Pharisee named Simon quickly escalates into a bizarre scene when an unnamed prostitute enters and in stunning fashion begins weeping and acting in a way that would have been viewed as highly provocative and illicit as she falls upon Jesus wiping his feet with her tears and hair, kissing and anointing them with costly oil. The Pharisee is aghast. But Jesus challenges his religious view of this woman. In the gospel, sinners are forgiven–by grace. This woman is simply responding to God’s undeserved mercy in the only way she knows how–worshipping Jesus with all her heart and soul and body.