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.”
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.