As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
We are not told how this woman started down the path of sin. But we do know, from experience, how easily sin can gain a foothold in our own lives.
This woman’s tears tell us that she feels remorse for what she has done in her life. She isn’t brazen, with a defiant look in her eyes.
The Pharisee, on the other hand, is a religious person with an excellent reputation. He likely thinks that his own life is pretty much in order. If he worries about his sins at all, he considers them minor blemishes.
He entertains Jesus with a respectful, but decidedly cool, attitude. There is curiosity on his part, but it teeters on the brink of being outraged by Jesus’ words. He and the others wonder who this man is who claims even to forgive sins.
Jesus is the center of this story. He sees the sinful woman’s tears and knows that she is truly repentant. He receives her outpouring of perfume and her humble kisses to his feet. They are a sign that she seeks mercy and forgiveness.
Christ accepts all who come to him in repentance and faith, even sinners whom others whisper about and despise. He cares about people whom no one else cares about.
He cares about you and me!
God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Forgive my sins, and save me because of what Jesus did on the cross. Amen.
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