I have always been touched by the sinful woman's courage. Propelled by intense love of for Jesus, she ignores the comments and disdainful glances of the Pharisees at Simon's banquet. She humbly kneels at the feet of her Lord, washes them with her tears, dries them with her hair, gently kisses them, and lovingly anoints them.
Jesus, with great compassion, simply sits there allowing this despised woman to minister to him. He graciously accepts her demonstration of sorrow and love. He bends over to place his healing hand on her to reassure her of his love and forgiveness. He does this despite the ridicule of the bystanders. What joy the sinful woman must have felt! What peace! How she must have cherished this moment for the rest of her life.
How grateful the woman must have felt as he responded to the belittling remarks of the men. He actually defended her and expressed his appreciation for her great love! God is grateful for the imperfect love of his creature!!! How can this be? He must be absolutely crazy about us weak and sinful humans.That is something we need to pause over, savor, and ponder within our hearts.
For many years, I and others associated this happening with Mary Magdalene. However, recent Biblical scholarship does not support this. The association might have happened because the passage following this story mentions Mary Magdalene as being among the women following and supporting Jesus out of their own resources. The mention of demons being driven out of her could well mean an illness. At the time, illnesses were often viewed as possession by demons. Jesus attempted to correct that notion in relation to the man born blind. When the question was asked whether it was his sins or the sins of his parents that caused the blindness, Jesus responded that it was neither. Jesus explained that he was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
St. Katharine Drexel, in her journals, reminds herself [and us] to believe in Him and the power of His words,"Woman thou art healed and in that same instant she is healed."