One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him that she is a sinner.” Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-50 NRSV)
Have you ever been so moved by a gift that you would do anything to show the gratitude you feel for that gift?
In today’s gospel text we see a woman moved to audacious things of entering a gathering of men and then washing the feet of Jesus with her tears and then anointing Him. She was moved by what Jesus had already done for her.
You see I read from the story that Jesus met this woman before this dinner party. Jesus met her on the streets or someplace else. He knew who she was and where she had been and what she had done. And long before this dinner party, Jesus forgave her her sins. That is why she is audacious her to enter this gathering of men, not caring what anyone will say about her. She is filled with gratitude and love for what Jesus has given her. And Jesus tells her she is forgiven here, because the really great things we get are hard to believe, so she has to be told again that she is freed from her past to live in the futureGod has for her. Jesus freed her for. Her past and freed her in the future to be the child God created…
So have you been moved to audacious displays of love for what Jesus has done for you?
How have you shown the world the audacious love God has given you?
Remember you are the hands and feet of Jesus to show the world His love. Go and tell everyone what He has done for you.