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In memory of a woman who did something very special worth remembering.
The Prophet and the ProstituteThe whole room lid up with the sweet aroma of her perfume as she broke the alabaster jar and made her intentions clear. She was going to pour out every single drop of her costly perfume on this holy man of God. Her reputation was well known by many. She is the woman who would have reached prime time on Cheaters for having Sex in the City.
But when she heard Jesus was in her town, she went out to meet him and like the wise men of old she came prepared - with her jar filled with precious perfume to worship him. For she was a woman in need of love and forgiveness, and his reputation as a holy man of God superseded her status as the harlot of that town. So she brought her precious gift, in a time when he was in need of a particular ritual in preparation for the most significant act of love the world would ever witness.
I don't know her name, but she caused quite a stir when she took that vase filled with expensive perfume and poured it on the head and feet of Jesus while he was eating with a prominent religious figure of the community. How she got inside no one knows. What was she thinking, no one knew except him to whom she came? If Jesus was anything like celebrities today his bodyguards would have taken her down and out the door into the local police jail. His disciples also were not very flattery as one remarked - what a waste they complained exposing their empty hearts, we could have taken the perfume and sold it to feed the poor? But Jesus holy as he was, never shunt a sinner out the door. Leave her alone he said, she has anointed me for my burial. And I tell you this day, what she did for me, will be shared around the world in memory of her.
For that reason, Jesus not only defended the woman of disgrace but also promised her that she would be remembered whenever the gospel will be preached. And so all 4 gospels recorded her intense moment with the Lord and Lover of her soul.
So when one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to his house and sat down at the table to eat. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life heard that Jesus was eating at this Pharisee’s house, and decided to go there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
But when the Pharisee who invited him saw this, he said to himself, If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is - that she is a sinner. But Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” Tell me, teacher, he said.
So Jesus said; Two people owed money to a particular money lender. One owed him 500 in currency, and the other 50. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more? Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven. You have judged correctly.
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, 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. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little. Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And while the other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”