Two persons focus completely upon Jesus. One is a Pharisee and host of a dinner to which Jesus is invited, the other, a noted sinful woman in town. Obsessive thoughts and criticism of Jesus cripple the Pharisee’s heart. The woman is free beyond all bounds to pour out fragrant oil and love upon a man who has done something extraordinary for her.
What happened previously in each of these two person’s lives to account for their behaviors? The woman’s outburst of joy and love is in response Jesus’ love, acceptance, and forgiveness of her. The Pharisee’s heart, empty of any need to be forgiven, spawns smug and arrogant thoughts.
Place yourself in the scene; be with Jesus at the dinner; open your heart completely to the One who loves and forgives you right now.
Weeping at Your holy feet v. 38
Canceling my debt of sin v. 42
You forgiving all my sins v. 48
“Faith has saved you; go in peace.” v. 50
For more about this way to pray see “Daily Bible Breaths” in the menu above.
This is the third of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.
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