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Faith of A Mustard Seed

by Barbara Woods-Washington

Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div.

Luke’s third use of ‘Jesus Faith’ has been used by the world’s greatest preachers as a life message with numerous lessons.  As a part of Lectionary Studies, it has been used across the years by the Church to teach perhaps the Gospel’s greatest example of forgiveness of sin.  Feminist Theologians have written commentary on this text to examine this woman’s place in the ministry of the Church. Gospel music artists have ‘sung’ this woman’s place into the hearts of Christendom.  It is a passage of scripture so poetic in content that ‘A Sinful Woman Forgiven’ requires a reading of the text in its entirety.  Hear now the Word of The Lord from 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 towards 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.”

Simon, do you see this woman?  How does man’s view of one whole half of the human race arrive at the point of invisibility?  In my quest to “Dialogue On The Great Divides” as a Facebook Live project, it became revelatorically clear that the Greatest Divide is the Male/Female Divide!  I suspect it to be the direct negative consequence of man’s historical striving for power, control, and greed.

As we walk into this “International Women’s Month 2022″ there is a demonstrative presence of Women making their way into some very high places where she has never been given access to in history.  And yet the age-old systemic problems that are long at work have yet to find their voice.

CeCe sings it this way: “The room grew still as she made her way to Jesus.  She stumbles through the tears that made her blind.  She felt such pain, some spoke in anger.  Heard folks whisper, ‘there’s no place here for her kind.’  Still on she came, through the shame that flushed her face until at last, she knelt before His feet.  And though she spoke no words, everything she said was heard.  As she poured her love for the Master from her box of Alabaster.  I’ve come to pour my praise on Him like oil from Mary’s Alabaster Box.  Don’t be angry if I wash His feet with my tears and I dry them with my hair.  You weren’t there the night He found me.  You did not feel what I felt when He wrapped His love all around me.  And, you don’t know the cost of the oil…”

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