It would have taken courage for this woman to show up at Simon the Pharisee’s house. She knew that she had a reputation and that there would be a few shaking heads.
The woman stood behind Jesus and as she wept, her tears fell on Jesus feet. Then she wiped His feet with her hair before pouring perfume.
To Jesus this was an expression of uninhibited love and an act of sacrificial faith.
Why are we embarrassed to express our love and devotion to Christ? Do we hold back in giving Him our praise?
Simon says to himself, “If this man was a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is – that she is a sinner.” v39
Simon’s prejudice was internalized but Jesus could read it and the woman would have felt it.
It is prejudice whether it is voiced or not.