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The Woman Who Anointed the Feet of Jesus with Tears
The Woman Who Washes the Feet of Jesus with Tears
The Ointment of the Magdalene
(Le parfum de Madeleine)
7:36. One of the Pharisees desired that Jesus dine with him, and He went into the house of the Pharisee and reclined at table.
One of the Pharisees: that is, Simon.
7:37. A woman who was a sinner was in the city, and when she knew that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster box of ointment,
7:38. and standing behind him, beside His feet, she began to wash His feet with tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head and kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment.
7:39. Seeing it, the Pharisee who had invited Jesus said to himself, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know surely who and what manner of woman this is that touches Him and that she is a sinner.”
7:40. Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” Simon said, “Master, say it.”
7:41. “A certain creditor had two debtors: the one owed five hundred days' wages and the other fifty.
7:42. “As they did not have the means to pay, he forgave them both. Which of the two therefore will love him more?”
7:43. Simon answered, “I suppose he to whom he forgave more.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
7:44. Turning to the woman, Jesus said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered into your house; you gave Me no water for My feet. But she has washed My feet with tears and has wiped them with her hair.
Water for washing feet, the kiss of greeting, and a fragrant oil (used as a deodorant) were standard hospitality in the Middle East at the time, and Simon the Pharisee had omitted these practices when he invited Jesus to his home.
7:45. “You gave Me no kiss. But she, since she came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.
7:46. “You did not anoint My head with oil. But she has anointed My feet with ointment.
7:47. “Therefore, I say to you, many sins are forgiven her, because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.”
Many sins are forgiven her, because she has loved much. . .In the Scripture an effect sometimes seems attributed to one only cause, when there are various other concurring dispositions; for the sins of this woman, in this verse, are said to be forgiven, because she loved much: but in verse 50 Christ tells her, “Your faith has made you whole.” Thus in a true conversion are joined faith, hope, love, sorrow for sin, and other pious dispositions.
7:48. Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven you.”
7:49. Those that reclined at table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this that also forgives sins?”
7:50. Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has made you whole. Go in peace.”
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