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Washing Jesus’ feet…

mary washing jesus feet

 

How many tears must fall

at Jesus feet

before we are washed

by guilt or forgiveness…

 

The woman who has loved much

is forgiven much.

The one who loved little

was forgiven little.

 

She could have held a lifetime of

simmering resentment.

Instead she shed her tears and brought

her whole self to the feet of the Lord.

 

And the eyes of the Lord

saw in her vulnerability

a place for forgiveness to be planted

that it might grow for generations.

 

A man troubled

by collective and

personal complicity

withheld his tears

 

And in the secret

of his own dark room

conceals, even to himself, his

misdeeds.

 

An open heart, even in his tightly locked

secrecy, would still have been a place

Jesus could have planted mercy.

 

Luke 7:36-50  

   One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table.

And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment.

She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

“Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.”

“A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward 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 has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.

You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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