Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? Luke 7:44 (NIV)
What a loaded question. They all saw her when she came into a room full of men (which was against the rules), kneel at Jesus feet and bathe his feel with oil and tears. Then they saw her let down her hair (totally unheard of in public) and wipe his feet with it. They already knew her. She was the prostitute. They were trying very hard not to notice her. But what Jesus saw was very different than what they saw. He saw a woman found by him who had been touched by his love. He saw a woman who knew she was forgiven and was making herself vulnerable to worship him. How many times do you pass by someone seeing them only so you can put them in their place? How many times do you decide that you already ‘know’ someone when in reality what you know is what you’ve seen only on the outside? Jesus calls us to see (perceive, discover and understand) each other. He wants us to open our eyes to see people as he does. Maybe today, we should take off our blinders and look with a vision that is filtered with God’s love.