And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. (Luke 7:37-38)
As we continue our look on the topic of forgiveness during this months’ Devotional Thoughts, today’s Scripture reading from (Luke 7:37-38), we see Mary using some costly oil to anoint Jesus’ feet. Keep in mind that Mary was not a wealthy person; this oil cost her everything; not only materialistically, but also emotionally, (v. 38) tells us, “and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.”
As Simon (a Pharisee and very religious man) who regularly went to the temple watched what Mary did, all he could see was his social embarrassment having a prostitute in his home. Simon completely missed the tenderness and the beauty of the moment because he viewed it through his self-righteousness.
We need to learn a lesson from the reaction of Simon. We must be careful not to point fingers. Sometimes, those of us who go to church regularly can be blinder than the people in the world. Of course, Jesus knew Mary was a prostitute, but you see, Jesus came to save sinners – He is a friend of sinners.
Therefore, we learn from Jesus as He responded to Simon in (vs. 44-47) He said, “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 wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss 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 are many, are forgiven — for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.”
Friends, Jesus then turned to Mary and said to her, “Your sins are forgiven … Your faith has saved you. Go in peace” (vs. 48,50). What can we learn from Jesus’ response to Mary? If we loved Jesus in the same way that Mary did, nothing would be too costly? Would you join me in Prayer?
Father, I realize that so often, I hold back. I want to love You with the same end that Mary did. I give myself anew to You today. Help me by Your Spirit to share Your Love with others as well. Amen
God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><
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