Scripture Reading: Luke 7:36–50
Context: Simon, a Pharisee, invited Jesus to dinner at his house. It was a common courtesy that guests be welcomed with a kiss, be anointed on the head with oil and be given water to wash their feet when they arrive. Simon did not offer any of these courtesies.
This story, however, is not so much a complaint about the lack of hospitality of Simon as it is about the sincere goodness of this repentant woman. Jesus points to the fact that she is forgiven because “she loved much.” Thus, her love and Jesus’ merciful forgiveness are the central focus.
This story also shows that Simon is very judgmental. Jesus reads his thoughts and gently reproves him for his lack of love but honors the woman for her deep love.
Reflection: Prayerfully read the Scripture passage above and use these reflection points if useful in your meditation:
- Imagine the arrival of Jesus at Simon’s house. Notice the lack of hospitality. Try to imagine Simon.
- Reflect upon the courage of this sinful woman. Think about her as she must have worried about coming to the party without an invitation. Consider the fears she had to overcome.
- Try to look into her heart as her eyes met Jesus’ for the first time. Imagine the interior emotions that led her to bow to the ground, kiss His feet, anoint Him with her perfume and cry uncontrollably.
- Look into Jesus’ heart. See His compassion and sincere concern for her.
Ponder the words, “Your sins are forgiven.” And “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Featured Image: Rubens-Feast of Simon the Pharisee
Introduction to Meditations for Ordinary Time
- Baptism of the Lord
- Two Standards
- Three Classes of Men
- Calling of Apostles
- Wedding at Cana
- Cleansing the Temple
- Sermon on the Mount
- Calming the Storm
- Walking on Water
- The Apostles were Sent to Preach
- Conversion of Mary Magdalene
- How Christ Fed the Five Thousand
- Transfiguration of Christ
- Resurrection of Lazarus
- Supper in Bethany
- Three Ways of Humility