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Restoration or Spirituality.

We could have called this “Christ and the Thot”, because a woman of the city was one who was known to be sinful. One who traded her charms to survive. And no righteous man would have anything to do with her. Many still do not: a lot of sites have an unofficial or official “No thots” rule because they do not want their web commentary to consist of men trying to charm the women who come in and comment [1]

So we have Christ being worshipped by a fallen women. Extravagantly. I am nut sure if this was the reason Mary broke nard on Christ’s feet at the end of his ministry: if an unworthy woman could worship Christ in this way, so could a worthy woman.

But Christ called them both worthy. For her faith removed the sin from this woman, who knew she had sinned deeply.

As have we all. It is not merely one woman who needs to seek forgiveness: it is our society, who encourages all women to be like her.

Luke 7:36-50

36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 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 him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 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 wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[a] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

I am aware that women worship in a more extravagant way. I see it most Sundays: the men hold back on emotions. I do not think that this is a sense that men do not sin, or that we are not grateful, but that we show things less. The Pharisee had asked Christ to eat with him, which was a form of alliance with Christ, and not without cost — financially and socially.

Christ was challenging him. Not in recognizing a thot, but in not seeing that she was a woman who could be saved.

Where this woman found herself, and many such still do, is that they have no option but Christ. They do not consider themselves worthy. The local yoga centre shuns such. In fact, they may be more fortunate, for they know that they cannot make their own salvation or control their own spirituality. They know they need to be saved.

And their worship comes out of gratitude.

As they break their pots of perfume and put the tools that seduce aside, and regain their womanhood.


  1. I do not get many comments, but when that starts happening, I start banning or editing. .

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