The woman who anoints Jesus in Luke 7 experiences just such a release through God's forgiveness.
As the woman weeps and anoints Jesus' feet, Simon says to himself, "If this man were a prophet he would know who and what sort of woman is touching him, that she is a sinner" (v.
You did not anoint my head with oil but she anointed my feet with ointment.
15, 16); they prepare for his death, they anoint
with oil (Ch.
anoints Jesus, Son of God according to the flesh for his salvific effort, as man and as God.
24) See de Andia, Homo vivens 189, who suggests that there is sometimes confusion in Irenaeus as to whether the Father anoints Jesus with the Spirit or whether the Spirit anoints Jesus.
27) "From the moment the Spirit descends and anoints the Lord at the Jordan, this Jesus is called `the Christ'.
Inasmuch as the Word of God was man from the root of Jesse, and son of Abraham, in this respect did the Spirit of God rest upon him, and anoint him to preach the gospel to the lowly" (Adv.
The waters get even muddier when this unnamed sinner gets lumped in with another Mary--Mary of Bethany, Martha and Lazarus' sister--who also anoints Jesus' feet and wipes them with her hair, as described in Chapter 12 of John's gospel.
It's easy to see why the sinful woman who anoints Jesus' feet is confused with Mary of Bethany, who does the same.
Details differ in the four gospel accounts of the Resurrection as to the number of heavenly visitors at the tomb, which women accompany Mary Magdalene to anoint the body, and whether or not the women are believed when they run to tell the news of Christ's Resurrection.
Likewise in Mark's account (16:1-8) Mary Magdalene is accompanied by Mary, the mother of James, and Salome to anoint Jesus' body.
Instead, the anointing story they do hear about is the penitent woman sinner who washes Jesus' feet with her tears, then anoints
and dries them with her hair (Thursday of the 24th week in Ordinary Time and on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C).