One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses 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 this woman is that is touching him and what a bad name she has.’ Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Speak, Master’ was the reply. ‘There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarii, the other fifty. They were unable to pay, so he pardoned them both. Which of them will love him more?’ ‘The one who was pardoned more, I suppose’ answered Simon. Jesus said, ‘You are right.’
Then he turned to the woman. ‘Simon,’ he said ‘you see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she has been covering my feet with kisses ever since I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. For this reason I tell you that her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love. It is the man who is forgiven little who shows little love.’ Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ Those who were with him at table began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man, that he even forgives sins?’ But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’
It is said that SINNERS are closer to GOD than SAINTS. Look at it this way. God is holding two strings, one for the saint and one for the sinner. Everytime the sinner commits sin, the string is cut off. So God has to tie it up again and again. Everytime God ties it, the sinner gets closer and closer to Him.
And this is what Jesus did in the Gospel today. He reaches out to sinner. Simon sees the woman as a “BAD” person. But Jesus asked him, “Simon, do you see THIS WOMAN?” Jesus sees the innate goodness of the woman…and her need to be freed from the slavery of sin. Simon only sees the BAD thing that a woman is known for.
If we meet somebody whom we heard living in a sinful life, what do we see in him or her? Do we look at him/her as a PERSON like us, or a BAD PERSON?