“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.” – Luke 7:47
Jesus summarizes the story in this quote from Luke 7:47, and the contrast between the woman and Simon. The two fall on opposite ends of a spectrum in more than one way.
He was a respected Pharisee, a keeper of the Law of Moses. He worked hard to keep himself apart from the things that would lead to any tiny infraction of the Law. He was self-sufficient in his attitude toward God, his self-impression that he was a good man before men and before God.
The woman, on the other hand, was a known sinner, knowing that she was in need, came to the one person that she believed could free her from her past. As she approached Jesus, her attitude was not one of self-proficiency, but rather one of dependency.
Simon felt no need for Jesus and therefore felt no love for him (thus, no desire to even observe the very basic customs of his day). The woman’s need for Jesus was so palatable that as she approached Jesus, she forgot everyone else around her, and was lost in love for him.
This difference of attitude leads to how Simon and woman left the banquet that night. The woman left, with her heart filled with love made pure through forgiveness; the Pharisee went to bed still clinging to his self-sufficiency and having no more room in his heart for conversion.
Let us be mindful today of the tremendous gift of love our Lord Jesus holds out to us, and cling to it with the reckless abandon like the saints who cry, ‘All for you, Jesus!’
May God bless you.