Simon, a very religious Pharisee, invited Jesus to have dinner with him, and Jesus accepted the invitation (68).
A woman of that town, who had lived a very sinful life, heard that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house. So she came to the dinner & went directly to Jesus, crying over her many sins. She began to wash his feet, wetting them with her tears & drying them with her hair. Then she kissed his feet & poured perfume on them from an alabaster jar she had brought with her.
When the Pharisee saw this, he said to himself, “If Jesus was really a man of God, he would know what a sinner this woman is & he would keep his distance from her!” At that very moment, Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “All right,” replied Simon, “go ahead.”
“There were two men who owed money to a moneylender,” Jesus began. “One owed him five hundred dollars, and the other owed him fifty. Neither of them could pay back what he owed the moneylender, so he forgave the debts of both. Which one, do you think, will be more grateful?” “The one who was forgiven more,” answered Simon. “You’re exactly right!” said Jesus.
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your home, and you gave me no water for washing my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn’t welcome me with a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since I came. You provided no olive oil for anointing my head, but she has covered my feet with perfume.
“Her great love for me shows she believes her many sins are forgiven. But anyone who shows little love for me does not believe his many sins are forgiven.”
Then Jesus assured the woman, “Your sins are forgiven!”
The others sitting at the table began to say to themselves, “How is it that Jesus even forgives sins?” But Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith saves you from your sins. You can be at peace now.”
Later, as Jesus traveled through the area telling people the good news about God’s kingdom, his twelve chosen witnesses went with him. Jesus was also accompanied by a group of women. Some had been healed of diseases by Jesus, and he had expelled evil spirits from others. Among these women were: Mary Magdalene, from whom Jesus had expelled seven evil spirits; Joanna, whose husband Chuza was an officer in Herod’s court; Susanna; and many other women who used their own resources to help Jesus and his students.
(68) Luke 7:36-8:3