Posted September 18, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

The Pardon of the Sinful Woman

那時,有個法利塞人請耶穌同他吃飯。他進了那法利塞人的家中赴宴。那時,有個婦人,是城中的罪人,她一聽說耶穌在法利塞人家中坐席,就帶著一玉瓶香液,來站在他背後,靠近他的腳哭了,用眼淚滴濕了他的腳,用自己的頭髮擦乾,又熱切地口親他的腳,以後抹上香液。那請耶穌的法利塞人見了,就心裏想:「這人若是先知,必定知道這個摸他的是誰,是怎樣的女人:她是一個罪婦。」耶穌發言對他說:「西滿,我有一件事要向你說。」西滿說:「師傅,請說吧!」「一個債主有兩個債戶:一個欠五百德納;另一個欠五十。因為他們都無力償還,債主就開恩,赦免了他們二人。那麼,他們中誰更愛他呢?」西滿答說:「我想是那多得恩赦的。」耶穌對他說:「你判斷的正對。」他遂轉身向著那婦人,對西滿說:「你看見這個婦人嗎?我進了你的家,你沒有給我水洗腳,她卻用眼淚滴濕了我的腳,並用頭髮擦乾。你沒有給我行口親禮,但她自從我進來,就不斷地口親我的腳。你沒有用油抹我的頭,她卻用香液抹了我的腳。故此,我告訴你:她的許多罪得了赦免,因為她愛的多;但那少得赦免的,是愛的少。」耶穌遂對婦人說:「你的罪得了赦免。」同席的人心中想道:「這人是誰?他竟然赦免罪過!」耶穌對婦人說:「你的信德救了你,平安回去吧!」
路加福音 7:36-50

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在今天的福音中,我們看到了戲劇性的一幕:法利塞人西滿請耶穌同他吃飯,一名罪婦來到他的家中,到了耶穌背後便哭了。她的淚滴濕了耶穌的腳,她用自己的頭髮給祂擦乾,更當著眾人面前親吻祂的腳,給祂抹上香液。

這婦人一接近耶穌便哭了,她為自己犯過的罪而哭。她的行為反映出她是真心悔過的,但她用的方法卻未必人人都能接受。耶穌沒有因為其他人在場而抗拒婦人,祂在意的只是她的真誠懺悔和她所表達的愛。我們該學習耶穌一樣,不要在意別人的眼光。

法利塞人西滿看到眼前這一幕,心中只想著婦人是一個罪人。他看不到的卻是婦人對耶穌所懷的愛。法利塞人用守規條與否去斷定一個人是否有罪,但耶穌用的標準卻完全不同。天主是愛,當我們選擇不愛,我們就犯了罪。西滿對待耶穌連一個基本的訪客也不如,顯示他不愛耶穌。他的罪不像婦人般人所共知,使他自以為義,不需要天主的憐憫。耶穌藉著「債主與債戶」的比喻使西滿認清很重要的一點:他跟婦人同樣都是罪人。

「愛的多,必多得恩赦,越多得恩赦,則愛的更多」,這是耶穌希望西滿和我們都能明白的訊息。

A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Luke 7:36-50

In today’s Gospel, we see a dramatic scene: A Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to dine with him, a sinful woman went to Simon’s home. When she stood close to Jesus, she wept and bathed his feet with tears. She wiped them with her tears. She then kissed Jesus’ feet and anointed them with ointment.

The moment the woman stood close to Jesus, she wept for the sins she had committed. We could see from her actions that she repented sincerely, but the way she act might not be acceptable by most people. Jesus showed absolutely no signs of being uncomfortable or embarrassed. All that mattered to Him was the woman’s repentance and the love she expressed. We should learn from Jesus to not be self-conscious about the other people around.

When the scene was playing out before Simon’s eyes, all he could think about was that the sinfulness of the woman. But what he failed to see was her love for Jesus. Pharisees judge people based on their adherence to rules, but Jesus used a totally different approach. God is love. When we choose not to love, we sin. Simon did not wash Jesus’ feet or give Him a kiss of greeting. He did not have love for Jesus. Simon’s sins might not be as obvious as the woman’s, which made him self-righteous without realizing he needed God’s mercy. Jesus taught Him an important lesson with the parable of the debtors: the woman and himself were both sinners in need of God’s mercy.

“The one who loves more, is forgiven more; the one to whom many sins are forgiven, loves more.” This is the message that Jesus wishes we can understand.


FLL Editorial Team