Journey into Freedom Day 32

A woman lies with her head against Jesus' feet

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly.

Setting: Look at the people in the story below, who do you feel best suits you and imagine the story from their point of view.

Luke 7:36-50 HCSB

Then one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. Jesus entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. And a woman in the town who was a sinner found out that Jesus was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. She brought an alabaster jar of fragrant oil and stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil.

When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him—she’s a sinner!”

Jesus replied to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

“Teacher,” he said, “say it.”

“A creditor had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50. Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?”

Simon answered, “I suppose the one he forgave more.”

“You have judged correctly,” He told him. Turning to the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. You didn’t anoint My head with olive oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Those who were at the table with Him began to say among themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”

And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

A woman lies with her head against Jesus' feet

Conversation: Talk to Christ in your own words as a friend or leader. You may want to talk about where you fit in within this story of the woman who was the public sinner and Simon the Pharisee. Tell Jesus where your sympathies lie. Notice his response.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love. - Sophocles