Oct 082020

Then turning toward the woman, [Jesus] said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? . . .” (Luke 7:44a)

The truth is, Simon sees what he wants to see. He sees the scandalous. He sees the provocative. He sees what he deems sinfulness. When Jesus asks him, “Do you see this woman?” (v. 44a), the truth is that Simon has already declared what he has seen. He sees “what kind of woman this is who is touching him – that she is a sinner” (v. 39). But Jesus sees differently. Jesus sees grace and hospitality, gratitude and faith. Jesus sees a human, a person, a woman – which begs the question: Whom do we see before us? – rc

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