After Luke 7:36-50
A sinful woman of the city,
a euphemism for prostitution,
weeps and anoints his feet
with oil. The host, a man
of some means who followed
the law, is taken aback,
surprised at how unacceptable
this is for his guest to accept
such an anointing. But he says
nothing. The anointed one
the host’s thought, and answers
aloud with a story, a tale
of two debtors, one lesser and
one greater, and asks which one
will love the canceller of the debt
Photograph by Kat J via Unsplash. Used with permission.
Some Friday Readings
The Severe Kindness of Jesus: Hearing Mercy in His Words – Jon Bloom at Desiring God.
A Scriptural Soldier: A review of The Letters, Writings, and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell – Crawford Gribben at New Criterion.
Jesus of the Scars – poem by Edward Shillito at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).
History Matters – Joel Kotkin at Quillette.
Poetry Club: Coffee Shop Collage – “Do the Shells Still Hear?” – Tweetspeak Poetry.