It’s the final day of Bill’s notes today and if you’ve been reading them, then I’m sure like me, you’ve been blessed. Thank you Bill for the thoughts and challenges you have shared. As usual, the passage can be read here.
The final words of the story of the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet confirm what we saw yesterday. Her sins had been forgiven. At first reading it seems that Jesus forgives her for the first time at the end of the story; “Your sins are forgiven”, he says. But the whole point of his story of the two debtors was that they were forgiven their debt and their love followed as a result. The woman showed her love because she was already forgiven before she came to Simon’s house. Now she heard these words from Jesus own lips, confirming the fact.
The other guests found the words of Jesus “Your sins are forgiven” extraordinary. “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” some lawyers said on another occasion.
We also see that forgiveness of sins comes as a result of faith. “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” says Jesus. She was saved by faith, not by her love.
We have here a glimpse of the group who travelled around with Jesus. These ladies helped to support Jesus and the twelve. They played an important part in the proclamation of the gospel of the kingdom of God. Some had experienced healings themselves, Mary had been delivered from seven demons, Joanna’s husband was in a prominent position at the palace.
The woman at Simon’s dinner showed her faith by her devotion to Jesus, by her refusal to be put off by the embarrassment despite her background, and by her lovely actions at Jesus’ feet.
The women who followed Jesus showed their devotion to him by the way they helped support the large group with him, and by making their own resources available for that purpose.
Dear Lord, help us to see how we can show our faith and our love for you too, and please help us to do it.