Today's Gospel is the story of the woman who pours the jar of oil over the feet of Jesus. There is something in this story that always gets to me; the way Simon the pharisee knew that she was a woman with a "bad name."
We tend to bracket people; "he is a crook," or "she is a gossip," and then everything we see or hear of these people is filtered through our perception. The person is seen only in this light; we have them settled in our mind.
This attitude allows for no growth either in the person or in us. It is easy to sit in judgement when your mind is already fixed. People become "them, you know what they are like."
I wonder if at the end of the meal had Simon learned how foolish and destructive it is to bracket people in this way.
I know I regularly have to make a conscious decision to pull myself out of this way of thinking. Are there people you have bracketed?