A Pharisee invites Jesus to dine with him. A sinful woman learns about it and makes her way to the house and kneels behind Jesus, who is eating at the table. She washes his feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair, and anoints his feet with precious ointment. The Pharisee is judgmental; he doubts that Jesus is a prophet. He should know who this woman is and what kind of person.
Jesus tells the Pharisee: “I have something to tell you.” The Pharisee has not given him the usual signs of hospitality. Jesus asks a question: which of two creditors will love more, a creditor who is forgiven a debt of five hundred days’ wages or a debtor of fifty days’ wages? The Pharisee replies “I suppose the one whose debt is greater.” Jesus agrees.
Jesus then applies the lesson to the Pharisee. “This woman has not stopped washing my feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair and anointing them with ointment. That is why she is showing more love: because her many sins have been forgiven. Jesus absolves her sins. “Who is this who forgives sin?” Jesus sends her on her way: “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
We receive God’s forgiveness every day. We affirm it as we say the Lord’s Prayer. We entreat it at Mass, especially in the penitential act and before communion. Should we not love more because our many sins have been forgiven? Our faith saves us and God gives us peace.
What is it we need forgiven today?
Let Us Pray:
Father, forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. May your mercy lead us to love you more, and to forgive each other with Christian love.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)