Woman Who Washed Jesus Feet With Hair

Bible Gateway passage: Luke 7:36-50 – New International Version

Jesus accepted an invitation from one of the Pharisees to have dinner with him, and he went to the Pharisee’s home and sat down at the table with him. 37When a wicked woman in that town discovered that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she went there with an alabaster jar of perfume in her possession. When she was crying, she stood behind him at his feet and proceeded to soak his feet with her tears as she stood behind him. Afterwards, she cleaned their faces with her hair, kissed them, and sprayed them with perfume.

“Tell me, teacher,” he demanded emphatically.

One owing him five hundred denarii, while the other owed him fifty denarii.

“Which of them will be more in love with him now?” 41″I presume the one who had the larger loan forgiven,” Simon responded.

  1. 44After upon, Jesus turned toward the woman and asked Simon, “Do you see this woman?” The door opened and I walked into your home.
  2. 45You did not give me a kiss, E)”>(E)but this woman has not stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked through the door.
  3. 47As a result, I assure you that her numerous offenses have been forgiven, as seen by her tremendous affection.
  4. 48 Afterwards, Jesus remarked to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” G)”>(G)49 “Who is this person who even forgives sins?” the other guests began to speculate among themselves.


  1. Luke 7:41 (NIV) A denarius was the standard daily salary for a day worker in the first century AD (see Matt. 20:2).

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Jesus Anointed at Bethany

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12 She has completed her task of preparing me for burial by smearing this lotion all over my body.

A Sinful Woman Forgiven

36u One of the Pharisees approached him and invited him to join him for dinner; he agreed and went to the Pharisee’s house to accept the invitation. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,38 and standing behind himathisfeet with tears in her eyes began to wet thisfeet with her tears and wipe them with the hair of her head, kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.

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  • .45f You offered me a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet from the moment I arrived.
  • 47 As a result, I tell you that her crimes, which are numerous, are forgiven—because she was greatly loved.
  • 49 Then those who were seated at the meal with him started to ask among” href=” f1-“>1themselves, “Who is he, who even forgives sins?” 50 “Your faith has rescued you,” Jesus told the woman, “and now depart in peace.”

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

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The Unnamed Woman With the Alabaster Jar

As far as our perceptions of Bible women go, how did we go from sinner to whore? This harsh phrase is used solely to draw attention to the false dichotomy that has been given to Bible women, and it is not intended to imply that any woman should be subjected to this name.) Luke 7:36-39 describes a lady who approaches a house where Jesus is eating with her damaged and crying body. Using her hair to wipe the oil and tears off his feet, she anoints them with a kiss. The males in attendance are talking about her as if she isn’t even present.

With reference to the mystery woman’s character in our contemporary environment, it is simple to interpret her as “promiscuous.” Christians have historically had a proclivity to read Bible women’s non-specific sin as sexual immorality, and female promiscuity is frequently inferred from the text without any support from the text itself.

  1. Sometimes Bible professors go beyond suggestion and assert categorically that the anonymous lady was unquestionably a prostitute—again, despite the absence of any specific scriptural proof to support their claim.
  2. A footnote in the NASB refers to her as “immoral,” and there is a great deal of discussion about her character.
  3. Mary, whose brother Lazarus was ill, anointed the Lord with ointment and washed His feet with her hair, was the Mary who did all of this” (John 11:2).
  4. Because Luke’s Gospel does not include a chronological account of Jesus’ life and career, it is plausible to assume that event occurred later in Jesus’ mission than previously believed.
  5. According to some academics, the unidentified lady’s position as a sexually disgraced woman, a prostitute, is so unquestionable that the unnamed woman in Luke 7 must be a distinct woman from the Mary who appears in John’s comparable account.
  6. On two different occasions, Jesus was invited to a Pharisee’s home for supper by his host.
  7. On both instances, Jesus was invited by a Pharisee who went by the name of Simon.


It’s not unreasonable to speculate that two women anointed Jesus with oil at some point during his life.

In Luke’s tale, the nameless lady is thought to be a prostitute, however in John’s version, she is identified as Mary.

Examine Mary in further detail.

She then went back to her place of grieving.

Then he requested that he be taken to Lazarus, who he then raised from the dead.

But then she witnessed the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection, which she will never forget.

She performed a beautiful act of faith by breaking a costly jar of perfume and anointing Jesus with it.

She washed his feet with her own hair, which was a beautiful act of repentance on her part.

When Jesus allowed such a “sinful woman” to come close to him, Simon, the Pharisee, became embarrassingly embarrassed.

Jesus, on the other hand, confronted Simon about his preconceived notions about Mary.

During the time that Jesus was taken from the cross and laid in a tomb, “Mary Magdalene and another Mary, who was sitting opposite the grave, were present” (Matthew 27:61).

She was poised and ready to anoint her savior once more.

Not only was the believer who anointed Jesus before his crucifixion a nameless woman with no prior criminal record, but she also had a history of sexual sin.

It is not honest to cast another woman in that role because we are having difficulty reconciling two different accounts of the same woman.

No, she had a specific purpose in mind: to anoint her savior.

In the same way that Mary did, women can gain knowledge at the feet of the Messiah.

And when we fall short and miss the true character of Jesus, we can come to him without feeling guilty.

This is the third installment of a series of articles examining what Christians have been taught about women in the Bible.

Read part 1 of Rahab’s story. Deborah the Judge and Jael the Just are featured in Part 2 of The Righteousand. Read Female and Male in Four Anointing Stories for more information on this subject.

A Scandalous Gospel: The Woman Who Washed Jesus’ Feet With Her Tears

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), Women’s History Month in the United States, and the upcoming Lenten season, we will be presenting devotions written by women on the women that Jesus tended to throughout his earthly ministry. The title of this series will be “The Women Jesus Fell in Love With.” Until Passion Week, we will publish the devotions on Mondays and Thursdays. Thank you for your patience. We hope you will come back each week to discover how Jesus loves all of us, especially women, and to learn more about him.

  1. You may read the rest of the entries here.
  2. She lived at a period in which males were reported to have expressed gratitude to God on a daily basis for not having been born female.
  3. Not only that, but she had embraced an unmentionable vice for such a long period of time that it had become a part of her personality.
  4. It’s possible to hear ” prostitute” in whispers.
  5. Take a left at the crosswalk.
  6. There will be no greeting.
  7. Simon the Pharisee was familiar with her.
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In the event that this man were a prophet, he would have realized who and what kind of lady was touching him, because she is a sinner.” Despite this, she had undergone a transformation.

What drew this type of women to this location?

She came for Jesus, and she came prepared to receive Him as her Lord and Savior.

What led her to learn about Jesus?

Did she overhear someone mention that he cured the sick and demon-possessed (6:18) in the marketplace?

She must have been aware that he was “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (7:34), because there is no other explanation for her rash decision.

She kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment as she stood behind him.

What gives her the right to touch the Holy One?

No, God’s kingdom is not for the arrogant; rather, it is for the humble in heart (6:20).

It is intended for tax collectors and sinners alike (15:1-2).

The return of the prodigal (15:11-32).

She, on the other hand, did not appear to contradict incorrect doctrine.

And the members of her body that had before been offered up to sin as instruments of unrighteousness were now being offered up to him in his service, which she desired (Romans 6:13).

Simon welcomed Jesus into his home, but he did not welcome him into his heart, and he did not extend the most fundamental act of hospitality.

Here was this who and what type of lady, leaning over Jesus’ filthy feet, washing them with her tears and tenderly wiping his feet with her hair, in stark contrast to the previous scene.

Simon was considered superior to Mary in every manner, but Jesus saw what was in their hearts (Luke 2:35).

You didn’t give me a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked through the door.

What could possibly elicit such extravagant displays of affection and adoration from this woman?

Simon had something to say to Jesus, and Jesus wanted to share it with him.

When they were unable to pay, he cancelled the debts of both of them.

Her transgressions against God were numerous, yet God himself bore the burden and discharged her debts.

– they were absolved and forgotten.

“Consequently, I declare that her offenses, which are numerous, have been forgiven – because she loved greatly.” And her love was the beautiful flower that bloomed from the seed of heavenly forgiveness that she had sown in her heart.

Then he told her, “Your crimes have been forgiven.” Later on, people present at the meal with him began to speculate among themselves, “Who is he, and who even forgives sins?” they wondered.

Most likely, they were making fun of Jesus’ implied claim to be the moneylender, or God himself, in his teachings.

Please accept my thanks, but no thanks; they could pay for it themselves.

The self-righteous who prayed, “God, thank you that I am not like this wicked lady,” could not find justification in Christ’s sacrifice.

(See Luke 18:9-14 for further information.) In response, Christ told the woman, “Your faith has saved you; depart in peace.” The Pharisees were more scandalized by Jesus’ comments than they were by this woman’s background.

His statements, on the other hand, were accurate. It was God’s kingdom that she was seeking, as well as people like her, via God’s mercy. Us. More from our “The Women Jesus Loved” series may be found here.

A Sinful Woman Washed Jesus Feet

In the first reading for today’s mass, Paul instructs the disciples to set a good example for others by their words and behaviour, and to put into practice what they have learned through the public reading of scripture, sermons, and teachings they have received in their lives. What Paul taught his followers in the first reading for today’s mass is reinforced by the story of a wicked woman who washed Jesus’ feet today in the gospel of Matthew. There is significant discussion over who this immoral lady is, but many believe she is Mary Magdalene, who was crucified beside Jesus.

  1. She serves as a role model for us in a variety of ways.
  2. Words are simply words if they are just heard and not performed in a meaningful manner.
  3. This is the overall message of the first reading.
  4. We may pick up on a variety of different facets of it, such as the attitude of the Pharisees when they witnessed this wicked lady demonstrate a very public gesture of love for Jesus.
  5. Perhaps this wicked lady who washed Jesus’ feet was able to show her emotions, but the disciples were unable to do so.
  6. There are a lot of us who are like that as well.
  7. Feelings can be tough to cope with at times, and it is sometimes preferable to avoid being emotionally engaged.

What is truly astounding is that Mary, despite the fact that she was a known sinner, couldn’t care less about what others thought.

For some of us, what other people think of us is really important.

This is a very essential lesson for those who find it difficult to interact with others who are critical of them.

It is important to know what Jesus Christ thinks of you.

In today’s narrative, Mary had grown to love Jesus so much that she just did what came naturally to her and didn’t give a damn about what others thought.

The Pharisees, on the other hand, clearly mistook it for something else.

It is quite simple to become distracted from the things that are truly essential from time to time.

She had grown to love Jesus, and it was a real love on her part.

Her tears might possibly have been caused by the fact that she had grown to adore Jesus and had never known what true love was before meeting Christ.

She may not have realized her own human dignity and self-worth until she encountered Christ, who demonstrated to her that she was worthwhile in both God’s and her own sight.

He saw that she did not comprehend the true meaning of genuine love at the time.

Regardless of what you have done in your life, every human being has been created in the image and likeness of God Himself, and so is precious and cherished in His sight.

In our lives, Jesus is able to see through all of the layers of the events that have occurred and the sins that we have committed to get to the heart of the problem, to the heart of what is wrong.

So many times in our lives, we make mistakes due to a lack of knowledge or understanding.

Jesus has the ability to clear up any misunderstandings we may have about ourselves or others, and to put things back in their proper perspective. If we are willing to make a change, we have already taken the first step towards healing. Catholic Saints and Sinners is a collection of books.

Was it Martha’s sister Mary or Mary Magdalene who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair?

It takes a little of detective effort to piece together the facts about the numerous Marys referenced in the gospel accounts. The scenario you cite is particularly perplexing since there are four separate narratives with differing specifics in each of the four gospels, making it difficult to follow the narrative. A lady who is not identified is mentioned in both Mark and Matthew as anointing Jesus’ head with either nard or ointment. An anonymous woman “who was a sinner,” according to Luke, washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, anointed them with ointment, and dried them with her hair before he was crucified.

Only in the gospel of John is the woman referred to as “Mary of Bethany.” Having said that, none of the narratives indicate that Mary Magdalene was involved in any way.

Perhaps it was Mary, Martha’s sister, or perhaps it was another lady whose identity will remain a mystery to us for the rest of our lives.

A Sinful Woman Washes the Feet of Jesus

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The following is the suggested emphasis:Jesus has the ability to pardon our sins.

Story Overview:

Simon, a Pharisee, extended an invitation to Jesus to dine with him at his home. Simon did not extend to Jesus the ordinary acts of hospitality that were customary at the time, such as kissing him on the cheek and washing his feet, as was expected. During the supper, a sinful woman entered Simon’s home and bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, according to the gospels. She repented of her misdeeds, and Jesus accepted her repentance and forgiveness.

Background Study:

The Pharisees were a legalistic sect that frequently felt that they belonged to an elite society. When it came to following the Old Testament Law and the various unwritten customs, they were quite rigid. Many of the Pharisees Jesus encountered were hypocrites in the manner they adhered to the religious regulations, as Jesus discovered (Luke 7:30). Simon was a Pharisee who invited Jesus to his home for a lunch, which he graciously accepted. In verse 49, we learn that there were additional visitors in addition to Jesus.

  1. Simon should have offered Jesus water to wash his feet, as would have been expected according to common courtesy at the time.
  2. Simon should have kissed his guest on the cheek and anointed his head with oil before welcoming him.
  3. It seems unlikely that individuals would have sat at a table on chairs to consume a meal in the first century.
  4. It would have been standard practice to recline on the cushions rather than sit on them.
  5. The legs and feet would be oriented toward the exterior so that people could sit close together without their feet getting in the way or getting in the way of the meal being served.
  6. The alabaster jar would have been circular with a long neck, as seen in the illustration.
  7. It would have been unthinkable for a lady to come into contact with a Pharisee.
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She was most likely a prostitute, according to the evidence.

If Jesus had been concerned about his reputation in the same way that the Pharisees were, he would have refused to allow this woman to get close to him.

It wasn’t enough to just follow the Old Testament Law to the letter.

In his treatment of this woman, he shown genuine concern and affection.

Her heart appeared to be soft, and she expressed a desire to escape the wicked life she had been leading.

He appeared to be just concerned with the controversy that was taking place.

Jesus was able to read his thoughts.

Because of her remorseful attitude, Jesus demonstrates to this lady in front of this significant guy and other important guests that she was valuable in his eyes. Only God has the ability to pardon sin. By forgiving the lady, Jesus demonstrated his divinity. top

Way to Introduce the Story:

Bring a thick towel and a basin of warm water to class with you. Wash the soles of the children’s feet. As you’re doing this, think about how people used to go about in sandals when they were outside. Talk about the dirty or muddy streets where animals used to stroll about on them. Before they ate, they always cleansed their hands and their feet with soap and water. After all, who wants to dine in the presence of someone’s smelly feet? People sat on cushions surrounding low tables, which meant that you were often sitting extremely near to other people’s feet.

You could then either wash your feet yourself or have a servant do it for you, or if you were a really important visitor, I would even wash your feet for you personally.

In today’s tale, Jesus was invited to a lunch at the home of a close friend.


The Story:

Bring a thick towel and a basin of warm water to class with you. Using warm water, wash the feet of the youngsters. Mention how folks used to stroll outside in sandals while you’re doing this. Talk about the dusty or muddy streets where animals used to stroll around on it. Preparing to eat required that one wash one’s hands and one’s feet. After all, who wants to dine with someone’s smelly feet right next to their plate. People sat on cushions around low tables, which meant that you were often sitting quite near to other people’s feet, which was uncomfortable at times.

You may then either wash your feet yourself or have a servant do it for you.

In the event that you were hot and sweaty, I would offer you some fragrant ointment to rub on your scalp.

Come on, let’s figure out what occurred.

Ways to Tell the Story:

It is possible to tell this narrative in a number of different ways. Never stray from the facts provided in the Bible, but rather use drama, visual aids, voice inflection, student involvement and/or emotion to help youngsters connect to its significance. Visual aids and story-telling techniques may be found by clicking here. To download these graphics as well as the accompanying slideshow, please visit this page. Make your selections. Because every teacher is different, only the visuals that are most relevant to the way YOU are teaching the tale in THIS session should be used.

Review Questions:

  1. What was the name of the Pharisee who welcomed Jesus to his home to lunch with him and his family? I’m curious, Simon, who was it that washed Jesus’ feet at Simon the Pharisee’s house? A lady who has sinned
  2. What method did the lady use to wash Jesus’ feet? Why did the wicked woman wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and dry them with her hair? What was she thinking? Simon had neglected to wash them. In addition, she expresses gratitude to Jesus for forgiving her sins.

Song Suggestions:

  • I’ve Got Peace Like a River Song, and I’ve Got Peace Like a River Song
  • For further possibilities, please see the Song Page on this website.

Learning Activities and Crafts:

(How can I select the most appropriate learning activities for my particular teaching situation?) Activities: Craft:

  • In a washable paint container, combine perfume, spices, or vanilla essence (like tempera paint). Spread a small coating of paint on the soles of children’s feet and use the paintbrush to create footprint images.

Check out theTeaching Ideaspage on this website for ideas that may be used to any type of classroom setting.

Please click here to download “Sinful Woman” in A4 format. Click here to download “Sinful Woman” in letter size paper (USA) at the top of the page.

Other Online Resources:

  • A coloring page with worksheets (from the California curriculum)
  • Coloring page from the book
  • There are a variety of activities for teaching children about forgiveness (with printables) available at
  • How to manufacture your own perfume at home (will keep up to a month). Instructions may be found at

Meaning of Mary washing the feet of Jesus

In your opinion, what is the significance of Mary washing Jesus’ feet before his crucifixion? This foot washing is mentioned in the book of John, chapter 12, and the passages in question are located there. Examine the first few verses of this chapter to see if there is anything we can gather from them that may help us respond to your question. The opening verse of John 12 informs us that Jesus visits to the Bethany house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus less than a week before his final Passover with his followers.

  • The real date was March 29th, 30 A.D.
  • He will be betrayed and arrested at the end of the day on Tuesday, April 4th, which is the following Tuesday.
  • Martha prepared Jesus’ dinner, according to the second verse of the chapter.
  • She would devote herself so completely to her service that she would occasionally lose sight of the fact that something far more vital demanded her attention (Luke 10:38 – 42).
  • (See also John 12:3).
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In John 12, verses 4 to 6, we learn that Judas (who would later betray Christ) expressed his displeasure to Jesus by saying that instead of purchasing spikenard, Mary should have used the money to donate to the needy.

Due to his criminal background (verse 6), he wanted the oil transformed BACK into currency so that he could steal it from the group’s “money bag” (which was most likely designed to benefit the needy) so that he could steal it from the bag.

He also says that what she did was a really excellent thing, which is also true.

Her service was both admirable and deserving of praise.

In comparison to her sister, Martha, she was more ” spiritually aware.” Aside from that, she was more interested in what Jesus had to say, and she made it a point to sit at His feet so that she could hear every word He spoke while in her presence (Luke 10:39).

Her deeds are memorialized in the Bible on purpose to serve as a reminder to people of all ages about what she did.

Our heavenly Father sets a high value on humility and love, both of which are essential characteristics of a true Christian’s character and behavior.

The Anointing Woman — Luke 7:36-8:3 — Kathleen Rushton’s Scripture Writings

Using biblical evidence, Kathleen Rushton demonstrates that the lady who anoints Jesus’ head in Simon the Pharisee’s home in Luke 7:36-8:3 is not the same woman as Mary Magdalene or Mary of Bethany, with whom she has been identified in the past. What do you think of the surprised expressions of the two disciples on the left and right of the lady at the top of the stunning 1260 image of the Anointing of the Saviour’s head? My pupils are doing it. Their conclusion, following an analysis of the anointing lady episodes in the four gospels, is: “Anointing Jesus’ head?

Mary of Bethany (Lk 12:1–8) and the woman considered a sinner who anoints Jesus’ feet (Lk 7:36–50) were the primary subjects of the study.

Sunday’s Roman Lectionary likewise takes precedence over the head-anointing custom, despite Jesus’ statements to the disciples that “everywhere the good news is spread throughout the entire globe, what she has done will be remembered in memory of her.” On Palm Sunday, the tale of Mark’s passion is told via his words (Year B).

  • The passage from Luke 8:1–3 has been inserted, which has contributed to her being associated with Mary Magdalene.
  • “[Jesus travelled] around towns and villages preaching and sharing the good news about the coming kingdom of God,” according to the Bible.
  • According to what we read, they “had been healed of bad spirits and infirmities,” seven devils had been expelled from Mary named Magdalene, and “they had supplied for them out of their own resources.” Many ailments were attributed to demon possession by the ancients.
  • “Seven” is a significant number and symbolizes frequency and strength (cf.
  • A strong focus is placed on the magnificence of Jesus’ power throughout the text.
  • The Greek word diakonein, which is translated as “given,” has a wide range of meanings.
  • It is used of women in Luke 8:1–3, although not in the context of the home, but rather in the public realm of missionary journey.
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Joanna, the wife of Chuza, King Herod’s steward, possessed considerable riches and social standing.

Jesus advises against accumulating riches, narrates the story of the devoted poor, and urges some to forsake their possessions and come after him.

Christians were well-known for their willingness to share everything (Acts 2:42–47; 4:32–37).

She is not the same as Mary Magdalene.

According to the 1962 Marian Missal, the feast day of St Mary Magdalen, Penitent, is celebrated on July 22nd, and a brief blurb describes her as “first a sinner, then converted by the Lord.” She was standing near the crucifix.

She is also identified as Lazarus’ sister in the Collect Prayer: “Jesus, in response to her prayers, raised her brother Lazarus to life, after he had been dead for four days.” The gospel reading for the day (Lk 7:36-50) further confounds her by comparing her to a different lady.

The 1969 Missal, which was produced as part of the Liturgical Reform of Vatican II, and the retranslated Missal have drastically different focuses on the same events (2010).

The gospel tells the tale of Jesus’ resurrection and commission (Jn 20:1–2; 11–18), and it is the message of salvation.

They formally restore Mary Magdalene to her pre-Christian status of Apostle of the Apostles, which she had previously held.

As far as we know, Luke is the only gospel writer to refer to the lady who anoints Jesus’ feet as “a woman from the city, who was a sinner” (Lk 7:37).

(Despite the fact that Luke emphasizes Peter’s sinfulness in his “call” tale, interpreters have never speculated about the nature of Peter’s sins.) During Jesus’ career, the tale of the anointing takes place in the midst of a supper in Galilee.

During the initial appetisers, servants attended on the visitors, cleaning their hands and anointing them with fragrant oils as they arrived.

In those days, men and women ate at separate tables, and a widow was the only woman allowed to serve men at meals.

He had not shown the courtesy that was required of him.

In the tale, the word “anointing” is used five times in various forms or contexts (Lk 7:38, 46).

A magnificent alabaster jar filled with pricey fragrant vegetable oil and other components of the Earth are used to create a unique composition of ingredients (myron).

While the Bible indicates that the lady was a sinner in Luke 7:37, the Greek word used in the verse means “used to be.” Anointing feet with myron was also associated with strong sexual implications in certain ancient writings.

The acts and motivations of the lady are more essential than her immoral state of mind.

Forgiveness is the focal topic of the story.

Tithes, taxes, and tolls were levied against them, depleting their little resources.

The carpenters, for example, were common among people who were displaced from their country, and it is possible that Jesus’ forefathers suffered that fate.

This narrative is underpinned by the exploitation of indebtedness as well as negative sexual overtones.

It includes working in mines and quarries, which contribute to the damage of the environment through the mining of minerals such as tin and coltan, which are used to manufacture my cell phone.

It is possible to speculate about how Luke may deliver his narrative in this environment. In addition, how would Jesus explain his parable of the debtors? Published in the June 2016 issue of Tui Motu InterIslandsmagazine (number 205).

Unrestrained Love: The Story of the Sinful Woman Who Anointed Jesus

When Jesus enters the house of Simon the Pharisee, he is anointed with a wicked woman’s perfume. The narrative, which may be found in Luke 7:36-50, teaches Simon, as well as all future Bible readers, an essential lesson.

Question for Reflection

In order to redeem you from your sins, Christ gave his life on the cross. How about you? Is your answer to him filled with humility, thanks, and uninhibited love, just like this woman’s was? As a lavish show of love and worship, the wicked woman poured out her precious alabaster jar of costly perfume in front of everyone. She grasped the ultimate significance of the Lord’s sacrifice. What are some of the ways you show your love, dedication, and gratitude to Christ for his supreme sacrifice?

Story Summary

For the duration of his public career, Jesus Christ was met with animosity from members of the religious group known as the Pharisees. However, Jesus accepted Simon’s invitation to supper, presumably in the hope that this man, like Nicodemus, would be receptive to the good news. When an anonymous lady “who had led a wicked life in that town” discovered that Jesus was at Simon’s house, she went there and carried an alabaster jar of perfume with her. She walked up behind Jesus, tears streaming down her face, and wiped the soles of his feet with her tears.

  • Simon was well-acquainted with the woman and her controversial past.
  • He questioned Jesus’ credentials as a prophet because theNazareneshould have been well aware of her whereabouts and activities.
  • One owing him five hundred denarii, the other fifty, and the other fifty owed him nothing.” (This is what Jesus said.) “Because neither of them had the financial means to pay him back, he forgiven both of their debts.
  • Jesus agreed with me.
  • The door opened and I walked into your home.
  • You did not kiss me, but this woman has not stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked in the door.
  • He went on to say that those who are forgiven little love little.

Turning to face the lady once again, Jesus assured her that her sins had been forgiven. The other guests were perplexed as to who Jesus was and why he was able to pardon sins. “Your faith has saved you,” Jesus told the lady, and she was free to leave. (Luke 7:50, New International Version)

Life Lessons

It was expected that a guest would be greeted with a warm kiss, foot washing, and aromatic oil in ancient Middle Eastern hospitality. Simon didn’t bother with those marks of respect. Jesus pointed out that the lady was both aware of her transgressions and glad for forgiveness, which indicated that she was in the right mindset. The Pharisee, on the other hand, was spiritually haughty, feeling that he possessed no faults that needed to be atoned for. Throughout this parable, the sinful woman responds to the Lord’s appeal for faith, whilst the self-righteous Pharisee fails to recognize his own need for it.

Points of Interest

This episode is frequently confused with a similar story of a woman anointing Jesus’ feet, which is told inMatthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, and John 12:1-8, all of which are recorded in the Bible. However, in that episode, the meal is held at the residence of Simon the Leper. In the first century, the name Simon was a very popular Jewish given name. In fact, Jesus had two Simons among his apostles: Simon Peter and Simon the Zealot, both of whom were named after him. When Jesus and his disciples arrive at the banquet at Simon the Leper’s house in Bethany, he recognizes the woman in attendance as Mary, the sister of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

  • After all is said and done, in Luke’s story, the woman anoints Jesus out of pure love.
  • There is some debate about whether the woman in Luke’s story is Mary Magdalene or not, but there is no evidence to support this claim.
  • Furthermore, the idea that Mary Magdalene was a former prostitute was a medieval myth that was not supported by Scripture.
  • Originally, it served as a container for ointments and perfumes, with the lid being sealed with wax to prevent the contents from evaporating.


  • What is an alabaster box, according to J.W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton
  • What is the Fourfold Gospel?

f. 160v: Mary Magdalene Washing Christ’s Feet (Luke 7: 38)

It is said that Saint Mary Magdalene bathed the feet of Our Lord Jesus Christ with her tears and wiped them with her hair, and that this is how the tale goes. “So says Saint Luke in his Gospel, in the seventh chapter,” according to the Bible. According to the Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus encountered the wicked woman in the home of Simon the Pharisee, who asked Christ to share a meal with him there. Artist A uses a minimalist set that is constructed in a similar way to the one used in the fable of the wicked rich man to create his work (f.

The goal is to provide the impression of being in an interior location without distracting the viewer with decorative features.

An elderly Pharisee and a visitor are seated at a table set with three golden goblets and bowls, conversing with Christ.

Despite the fact that the sinful woman is referred to as Mary Magdalene in the paraphrase beneath the illumination – as was sometimes the case in the catholic tradition – Luke’s text makes no mention of her being associated with Mary of Magdala, one of Christ’s beloved female followers, which is contrary to what the paraphrase says.

Christ is moved by such deep love that he forgives her, much to the surprise of all in attendance.

Marianne Besseyre is a researcher at the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s Illuminated Manuscripts Research Center.

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