JESUS MAFA. Jesus absolves the pentitent sinner, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn.
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Forgiven at Jesus’ Feet
Luke 7:36-50 Commentary
by Michal Beth Dinkler
As we saw two weeks ago with the reference to compassion as a counter-cultural “suffering-with,” Jesus consistently chooses the “path of downward mobility.”
In fact, in Luke’s Gospel, it is precisely because Jesus was “suffering with” the outcasts -- showing them compassion -- that those in power challenged his authority. This is the case in today’s passage, as well.
Simon the Pharisee, a religious leader, has invited Jesus to dine in his home (only Luke has Jesus being invited specifically to the home of a Pharisee). Suddenly, an uninvited, unnamed woman appears who is described simply as a “sinner in the city.” Without speaking, she weeps, wets Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair, kisses them, and anoints them with perfumed oil (verse 38).
Many commentaries point out that this anointing story could be read as preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection -- an ironic coronation for the rightful King of the Jews. Jesus makes Messianic overtones explicit in the gospel parallels to this story (Matthew 26:12; Mark 14:8; John 12:7). Others (taking their cue from Jesus’ indictment ...
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NL257: Forgiven at Jesus' Feet
February 19, 2017
This podcast on Luke 7:36-50, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Feb. 19, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Karoline Lewis. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.