Dear Partner in Preaching,
Take it from me, it’s all about forgiveness.
Now, I don’t know if I’d start there, but it’s definitely where I want to end up.
Where would I start? Probably with how much I don’t like Simon. Come on, be honest – don’t you agree? He’s kind of a punk. Arrogant, judgmental, self-righteous, he looks down on everyone else and is scornful of both this woman because of her reputation and Jesus for not treating her with the disdain Simon believes she deserves.
And I wonder if that’s the point.
Luke crafts this story with great care, even sharing Simon’s muttering thoughts to himself. And the punch line...