I found this passage to be very interesting:
” 31″To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:
” ‘We played the flute for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not cry.’ 33For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘ 35But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”
Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman
36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
40Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
41″Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[d] and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
48Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The first half implies something important: the Prophet who comes with a rigid, strong moral code and an unbending will is a demon; the Prophet who comes and is merry is a glutton and a drunkard.
This plays well off of the idea of people ‘though seeing they do not see, though hearing they do not hear.’ (Luke 8:10). This implies the obvious: they see something great and reject it as unearthly and inhuman (demonic) or they see something as overly earthly and indulgent (gluttony & drunkard).
They are literally incapable of conceiving Goodness in any form because they will distort it.
I found it to be poignant by demonstrating that one can be Holy through extreme fasting and devotion as John, yet also there is a Holiness that was also embodied by a man as Christ who both ate and drank.
The last part that caught my eye was: “47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.””
It comes after an illustration of a woman who was a sinner making a big display of herself as repenting, and I think it is hard to easily and fully wrap my head around the idea that he who has been forgiven little loves little.
I think the implication would be this:
It is the self-righteous who count their sins as few; it is the humble who will always count their shortcomings as many.
When push comes to shove, Christ and His closest followers literally sold all of their belongings; early Christians lived not far off from Utopian socialists who valued essentially nothing other than their brotherhood and Christ.
It is hard to not fall short of that mark, drastically, and it is hard for someone I imagine who has even done something like that to still be well aware of the demons they wrestle with.
These passages merely caught my eye and I thought they were interesting and although not paid much attention to (in my experience) have a lot of ramifications in Christian thought.