"The woman known as a sinner knew the meaning of forgiveness; Jesus' host, who was a Pharisee, did not. Luke contrasts how both treated Jesus. The woman kissed Jesus' feet and, weeping, anointed them with ointment, while the host did not give Jesus water for his feet, nor greet him with a kiss. She who was forgiven much loved much; he who was forgiven little showed little love. And yet, was not his need for forgiveness as great?"
- James G. Kirk in When We Gather: A Book of Prayers for Worship
"Blessed is one who can anoint the feet of Christ even with oil. Simon had still not anointed him, but more blessed is she who anoints with ointment. The grace of many flowers gathered into a bouquet scatters different sweetness of fragrance. Perhaps none but the church alone can produce that ointment. The church has innumerable flowers of different fragrance. She fittingly assumes the likeness of a prostitute, because Christ also took upon himself the form of a sinner." -St. Ambrose
Trinitytide is an excellent season to become reacquainted withBach' s Mass in B minor! Like John Coltrane's A Love Supreme,Bach captures Trinitarian joy, life, and resolve in sections like Cum Sancto Spiritu. The genius of Mass in B Minor lies in its unified Christian expression of worship that, "...unites Catholic and Lutheran confessions." Praise God.