As we continue through Luke we are reminded that Jesus truly did come to break the boundaries that the religious leaders of the day had set up. These boundaries, which were originally established to help the community as a whole, had gone to the extreme. What had now developed was basically a caste society with the insiders and the outsiders.
Today we hear about one of the outsiders, a sinful woman, who is overcome with awe when she is in Jesus' presence. At the time, Jesus is dining in the house of a Pharisee, an insider with power in the community. This woman, an outsider, comes and washes his feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. An act of pure love.
The insiders are outraged at her action, and that Jesus would even let her touch him and risk making himself unclean. Jesus respond by talking about the power of forgiveness and then forgives the sins of this woman.
Is there anyone in your life who you need to forgive?