Tuesday Special: In the house of Simon

Based on Luke 7:36-50

Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus and indirectly also invited the sinful woman (not Mary Magdalene-as according to traditional reading nor to Dan Brown) who wept, broke an alabaster jar full of perfume, wipe Jesus’ feet and kiss them.

Simon feared of contamination from a sinful woman-which in that time and place-will contaminate them with her adulterous ways. Adultery is a sin against their own body-with its bodily fluids and perspiration sticking on their bodily landscape. He thought that Jesus was not Divine and also because of this situation-was also not a prophet.


But Jesus knows him-so he told him a story about forgiveness. The gist of the story is that the one “who will love him more” is the one “who had bigger debt cancelled”. Simon did not understand that all men are sinners-and all of our sins are big in the face of God-they are all an assault to his majesty and Kingship. So we all need to be forgiven. BIG time! But we are not conscious of it since we thought are sins are just small-petty in fact.

If we knew this-we would have served the Lord as the woman did-“she stood behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil” and Jesus would have forgive us of our sins.

The woman cannot contaminate Jesus. Jesus can ‘contaminate’ the woman in reverse. His holiness-shown in forgiving her-will restore her back to clean slate-always -because she understood who Jesus is. The others cannot understand how Jesus can forgive-when in fact He is the Great God-Yahweh himself!


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