The Anointing of Christ's Feet (Rabel)
This is a series of lectures given by Mr. Edward Rabel, member of the faculty of S.M.R.S.
Winter semester 1976 - 2nd. Yr. Class. Part of Lecture 12 given on February 6, 1976
Luke 7:36-39 pp. 77-79 of transcript.
7:36And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 7:37And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner; and when she knew that he was sitting at meat in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster cruse of ointment
In Unity, we shy away from that word, and yet this is what the Bible teaches, she was a sinner.
7:39Now when the Pharisee that had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him, that she is a sinner. 7:40And Jesus answering said unto him,
Now, what are we told right there, that this man had not said a word, but Jesus heard every word, of course, this business of telepathy and mind transference was kindergarden for Jesus and many other things too that we now consider great big supernatural things were really normal for Jesus and He had never called great attention to them.
7:40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Teacher, say on. 7:41A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty. 7:42When they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most? 7:43Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 7:44And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath wetted my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair. 7:45Thou gavest me no kiss: but she, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 7:46My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she hath anointed my feet with ointment. 7:47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
I am going to digress just for a second; I haven't finished but this has just come to me. Notice that she did not have to go into her subconscious and find out what her sins were and then, one by one, get rid of them and substitute some kind of metaphysical Truth for each sin or error she had in subconscious. Some are still teaching that is what needs to be done. "You have to find out what the error is and get in there and clean out that error and replace it with the Truth," Oh, boy, what a dreary business and this isn't what Jesus taught, this isn't what Jesus demonstrated, this woman simply did one thing right to wipe out all the wrongs, she loved.
"But she still has to go into the subconscious otherwise karma will get her." Karma got her right here, folks; it got her by a love bug and cleansed her. You don't have to go to the subconscious and clean one by one the errors. You don't have, to do that, you learn the Truth and you apply the divine ideas of Truth and they purify consciousness or forgive sins. "Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven: for she loved much." He didn't say she'd never sinned. He said, she did plenty of them but she is loving, and in a state of loving, sins are forgiven. "But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that even forgiveth sins? And he said unto the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." So she had not only love but she had faith also, and that combination is invincible: there is not a sin in the world that can stand the purifying action of love and faith, and any time we disagree with this we are taking the place in this parable of those who mutter against the good that is happening. You will be surprised, folks, how even in our Unity movement the best intention of ours, if we observe ourselves, often we find ourselves muttering against some good that someone didn't deserve, we think. We don't need this, we don't need to mutter against someone's good.
There are many points Jesus is illustrating here, but one of the main points is we all have moments (and these are healthy moments) when we wonder to ourselves, what is my worth within the grand purpose at this time, not what do I look like, or how do I feel or any of these, but just as I am now, What am I worth, what am I really worth? From a parable like this, I get this answer, I am worth exactly what I am loving at this moment: the degree and the amount of my loving attitude is my exact worth at this moment. Love I a little less? I am worth a little less; love I a little more? I am worth a little more. It is not, am I doing the right thing so much or am I accomplishing my goal so much? It is, am I loving? or am I not?
Text of the original transcript from the last paragraph of page 77 through the first paragraph of page 79.
Transcribed by Nita Strauss on September 25, 2013