“I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” (Luke 7:47)
There are several verses that tell this account of Jesus visiting the Pharisee’s house. The woman (who is not named, but assumed to be Mary Magdalene) anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume.
Why does she do this? We’re not told directly, but we can suppose that it is down to her wanting forgiveness for her sins. She has brought a jar of perfume. Where from? Again, we’re not told, but it was the most expensive item she owned. And she poured it over Jesus’ feet.
Was the Pharisee looking for forgiveness? Quite possibly not. He reads like one of those pompous people who like to be seen rubbing shoulders with the influential. He wasn’t really interested in what Jesus had to say. He seems to be the sort who only wanted to be SEEN to be eating with the “right” sort of person. Imagine, then, his horror when the sinful woman arrived!
We are all, of course, sinners in one way or another. What can we do about it? Give all our money to charity? Campaign for better working conditions for people in the third world? Stand for parliament?
If you want to. Yeah, go for it.
But is that what Jesus wants, or what YOU want?