Commentary on the Gospel of

Claretian Bible Diary


There is great irony in the fact that, without knowing it, a woman of the streets paid Jesus the very courtesies that his host Simon the Pharisee had so rudely omitted.  Meanwhile Simon thought to himself, “If this man were a prophet!”  Simon’s thought was so conventional that it was thought at all.  A prophet might be expected to surprise people and jolt them out of their fixed minds.  But for Simon, a prophet would be someone who pried into people’s hearts in order to judge and condemn them – just as the Pharisees did!  A prophet would be someone who kept the line of division clear:  sinner/saint.  He was not ready and he could not imagine a Messiah who would “welcome sinners and eat with them.”


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