Reflection: It’s a cliché I know, but we’re going to be surprised by who we find in God’s kingdom, and who we don’t find. Fair warning of this fact is given by the story of the sinful woman who gatecrashed a dinner a religious leader had invited Jesus to. The woman had led a sinful life––there was no ducking that fact. But she had heard of the grace and forgiveness of God through Jesus, and was overwhelmed by it. So she gatecrashes the dinner, pours perfume over Jesus’ feet, and weeps with gratitude. Her tears mix with the perfume on his feet… and she wipes his feet, spreading out the tears and perfume with her hair. It was an extraordinary intimate thing to do.
Her actions point to this truth: There can be no intimacy without gratitude. Whilst others, like Jesus’ host, were grandstanding their self-righteousness and self-importance, a sinful woman was sliding into heaven on her tears.
There can be no intimacy without gratitude.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I love serving a God who gives hope to sinful people, to those who cry tears of repentance and gratitude… for I am one of them.