“Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.”
We easIly judge people whose lives and circumstances are different from ours. We quickly write off anyone who has political views that are different from ours, or who struggle with weaknesses that are different from ours.
That was Simon’s problem.
Simon was a very religious person who also knew how to throw a good party. And as he welcomed Jesus, Simon somehow neglected some of the common courtesies that he was supposed to offer Christ as a guest in his house. He offered no water for Jesus to wash with, and no oil to soothe His skin from the harsh effects of sun and wind.
A local prostitute came uninvited into the banquet hall…she came to Jesus wanting to be set free from a sinful past. While she was sobbing to Jesus, some of her tears fell on Jesus’ feet. In the absence of a box of modern day Kleenex tissues she wiped the tears away with her long hair.
To begin with, letting her hair down in public was considered a seductive, immoral act in those days. And Simon quickly seized upon the situation. All he saw were wrong behaviors, not the sinner longing for and receiving forgiveness.
When he was done pointing out all her failures…Jesus told him off starting with the question, “Do you see this woman?”
How about us? What’s our attitude toward people who have been accepted by Jesus? Do we accept them recognizing that if Jesus has accepted them…then His church (that’s us) must accept them too?
Dear God, forgive me when I judge by appearances. Help me to look deep inside and see how much I have been forgiven. Move me also to accept others in Jesus’ name. Amen.