Simon, who is a Pharisee, invites Jesus to dinner; yes — Jesus accepts the invitation. “A woman in the town who is a sinner finds out that Jesus is reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. She brings an alabaster jar of fragrant oil and stands behind Him at His feet, weeping, and begins to wash His feet with her tears. She wipes His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil.” (Luke 7:37-38, HCSB)
Needless to say, the Pharisee is appalled. He thinks if Jesus is truly a prophet, He’d know who and what this woman “is who is touching Him — she’s a sinner!” (Luke 7:39)
Jesus knows Simon’s thinking. As a matter of fact, Jesus knows the thinking of any one who is appalled by acceptance, tolerance, understanding, compassion. We say, “Oh, it’s not the sinner I hate; it’s the sin!” I’m certain Simon feels the same way here. After all, this woman is touching Jesus! Her filth is infectious! We must fight the sin!
But Jesus does not see as we do. Jesus sees that her debt — in its greatness and its immense weight — has given her a greater capacity for love. “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins are forgiven; that’s why she loves much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” (Luke 7:47)
The more we are aware of our own sin, the less we see the sins of others. The more we are forgiven, the more gratitude we carry in our heart. Let us be compassionate above all, for love covers the multitude of sin. Amen.