We can only really understand what happened here if we look closely at the words used to describe the actions.
This Pharisee requested that he and Jesus eat together but it wasn’t food that they would share. Phago meta does not mean “eat with him” but rather it means that the Pharisee wanted to digest, phago, what was behind, meta, Jesus’ teaching.
They didn’t enter the Pharisees home, they entered, eiserchomai, into a state of consciousness where the Pharisee felt at home. The Greek does not mention a table, it says that they kataklino; kata, down, klino, recline; which in modern terms would mean taking a relaxed and agreeable position. In this way they were at the same level and an exchange of knowledge could take place. Indeed, a bit later on this Pharisee, Simon, calls Jesus “teacher”, didaskalos.
Once they were in this space, behold! a woman came who was in this city, this consciousness, who was a sinner, hamartolos, one who misses the mark. Then it says that she knew Jesus was katakeimai which certainly does not mean “at table”. This word is different to kataklino, the posture taken with the Pharisee. Katakeimai, means to lie prostrate. Furthermore, the word ‘knew’, epiginosko, is the Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse. Then we read a very intimate description of what took place between Jesus and this woman. It says that she kissed him kataphileo which means to kiss again and again tenderly, she wept, klaio, which does not mean weep but means a loud expression, wailing; and she touched him, haptomai, which is more than touching, it means fastened to.
So what actually happened here? Robert Powell could have some answers in his book titled, “The Mystery, Biography and Destiny of Mary Magdalene.” In this book it is explained that the name Christ, Christos, means anointed. It is suggested that somebody had to anoint him. From Luke’s description we can see that a woman did that. Could this woman be Mary Magdalene? Robert Powell suggests that this is highly likely. He explains that Mary Magdalene, Lazarus’ sister, was wealthy, embracing life and experiencing it to the full; a party girl.
Is Luke saying that they lay together, sexually? Or is this a story of anointing and mystical union of the soul who has tasted all that life has to offer and then found union with its true Self?