Week 50 | Section 59

Our reading this week we delve into the story of one woman, a prostitute, who anoints Jesus while he was at the home of Simon the Pharisee and became known as the one whom Jesus liberated from her shame.

“The world is full of people who walk to and fro, disappointed, disheartened, and perplexed.” – Frank Viola & Mary DeMuth, “The Day I Met Jesus

As we continue through the Harmony of the Gospels we reenter Luke’s accounts of faith or should we say the presence or absence of faith. Each of his accounts  in chapter seven involve traits and behaviors such as humility, contrition, gratitude, learning, trust, and service.

The Hebrew word for labor is avodah, but this is a service of the hands whereas tefillah is “a labor of awakening the hidden love within the heart until a state of intimate union with the divine is achieved.” – chabad. It is often associated with prayer as it is the highest form of prayer – a united heart of the beloved and God our Savior.

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” ― Henri-Frédéric Amiel