She doesn’t have a name. She is just ‘that woman who is a sinner.’ Everyone knows. She is a wicked lady, and now just look what she is doing! She has come to the house of Simon the Pharisee, and Jesus is inside.
People murmur. "How can she dare to come? Do you know what she did last night?"
Simon is watching carefully. He is not too sure if Jesus is a prophet or a charlatan so he has not treated him as an honoured guest. Jesus has been allowed inside his house and to recline at his table but no more.
“Shh. Don’t talk too loud. We don’t want to offend Simon.”
“What is that woman doing? Right up to Jesus like that!"
Of course everyone is coming now they heard he is in town - just to see. Most people want to say at the next dinner party. “Jesus? Oh yes I met him. I saw him at the house of Simon the Pharisee.” Name dropping is always useful.”
Here is the acid test. Jesus might be new in town but if he is a prophet he is going to know this woman is a sinner.
“This is too much! Look she is actually crying all over him. Ah, NOW we know. Jesus isn’t a prophet. If he was he would sense just how bad that woman is.”
Tears fall onto Jesus feet one after the other. The face of the woman changes from beautiful to tear stained, and in the crying of those tears even her outward beauty is lost. Faster and faster they fall. If she carries on Jesus feet will be clean!
People are embarrassed now. Maybe they should go and rescue Jesus? He might not be a prophet, but nobody should have to put up with that kind of hysteria.
Someone approaches. Jesus lifts a hand. He signals “leave her be”.
The sobbing subsides. Everyone is quiet and wonders “what next?”
“Oh REALLY! Now that woman is letting her hair down. Well we know she is bad. She is a prostitute isn’t she? Doesn’t that just prove it. Those women wear their hair loose. And look at Jesus just sitting there. Now we’ll see something of the true nature of the man.”
“Wiping his feet with her hair like that. What is that all about?Mind you there does seem to be a lack of towels and water round here. I guess Simon just wanted to make a point.”
Now she is kissing him. You would think he really was a god the way she is doing that! Really it is too much. Kissing his feet and he is still just sitting there looking at her. No holy man would let that kind of woman do that.”
All eyes are on Jesus, except when they are turning to Simon. Simon is a leader and they want to know what to do from him.
“I guess we all kind of hoped Jesus might be a prophet and that he would help. Not so sure about that son of god stuff, but a prophet would be useful round here and clean the place up a bit.”
“The smell of expensive perfume fills the room. Where did that awful woman get a hold of that? Well maybe Jesus likes it all over his feet. I wouldn’t want that woman touching me. He isn’t telling her to go away. Just LOOK at the way he is looking at her. What do you make of that?”
"Come on Simon, tell that woman to go away. Get rid of her."
Now we will see some fun. Simon is about to give Jesus a piece of his mind. See! Simon knows all about the prophets and he says Jesus is not one but we might as well stay and listen to the story.
“Yeah... well of course if someone forgives you a debt you are just going to love that person.”
“Jesus thinks Simon should have anointed his head with oil?What cheek. He is still claiming to be a king! He wants to be treated like one.”
“What a cheek! Simon invites Jesus here and feeds him and now Jesus is complaining he didn’t get treated like a King. He is complaining about not being anointed even with cheap oil and he thinks he is worth every drop of that expensive stuff.”
“Well really that is the END. Jesus telling that woman her sins are forgiven. What right has he got to do that? Mind you if only he could. Freedom from all sin and all the distress of it. Wouldn’t that be great.
Look at the smile on that woman's face. You would think that she really could believe it that even she could be forgiven.”