This passage is a great reminder of that old saying, ‘it’s the little things that count in life, not the grand gestures.’ Often times we, as Christians, believe that God is waiting for us to make grand gestures proclaiming our love for Him, when in fact, it is just the opposite. The humble act of the woman washing Jesus’ feet meant more to him than being invited into the home of a Pharisee for a fancy meal. Jesus shares the importance of forgiveness, love, and compassion in this story. He demonstrates the importance of forgiveness and mercy through his graceful gesture towards the sinful woman. Often times we are quick to judge others and their choices, if they differ from our own, in an unforgiving way. Jesus tells us to show compassion and love towards those who may struggle with life’s journey.
In my experience working with children, I have learned a great about patience, forgiveness, and love... even though, at times, my patience is challenged, I remember that God’s want for us is to see the small acts of kindness in others and reciprocate them. A smile or a hug goes a long way, yes, even with adults, and we need to remember that the small acts of kindness, love, and forgiveness we share, will make our world a better place. Just as Jesus showed the sinful woman kindness, love, and grace, we too should be kind to all people, especially to those who we think are undeserving of our forgiveness, kindness and love.