what is particularly striking to me is this woman's keen awareness of the situation she's in: as witness by her tears, she is broken. another important thing--she is aware of who Jesus is. which, considering her social status-nothing short of a scum bag- is astonishing. as soon as she learned he was in town (vs.37) she came directly to him. another observation I had about this passage is her zeal to accomplish her mission of getting to Jesus. she didn't care Jesus was at someone's home-a pharisee no less- she eagerly approached him. it would be as crazy as me, without knocking, entering some random person's house because i knew Jesus was in there and i had to see him. the best part? Jesus doesn't skip a beat. in fact, he calls the pharisee out by reading his mind. basically, it goes down like this:(mind you, this is my paraphrase of scripture)
pharisee-(thinking to himself): who is this man that would let this prostitute touch him?
Jesus-(answering him): simon, if a money lender has two people who owe him money and he forgives their debts, who is the most grateful? the one with the smaller or larger debt? do you see this woman? her sins are forgiven.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.--isaiah 1:18
you see, Jesus was in the midst of sinners. the people we try to avoid, are the very people who were attracted to Jesus.