Long ago in school the teacher told us that when we point our finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at ourselves -” So be very slow to judge or point the finger”.
Simon, in today’s Gospel story points the finger at the women. He cannot understand why Jesus would allow this woman to wash His feet and anoint them with the oil. Didn’t He know she was the woman with the bad reputation.
Jesus sees beyond what the human eye sees. He sees into the depth of the woman. She responds to the acceptance and respect shown by Jesus.
We are called to be like Jesus, to be slow in judgement and generous in making allowances for people and for the situation in which people find themselves.
Lord, give us a generous spirit. Make us less judgemental, ever ready to make allowances, be encouraging in our words and generous in our praise.