Jesus forgives a woman of her many sins - Catholic Courier

Jesus forgives a woman of her many sins


(For the reading of Sunday, June 13, 2010)


Jesus had accepted an invitation to dinner from one of the Pharisees. Jesus entered the man’s house and joined him at the table.

A sinful woman had heard that Jesus would be joining the Pharisee, and she wanted to meet the holy man she had heard so much about. She went to the Pharisee’s house carrying an alabaster flask of ointment. She knelt behind Jesus, crying and bathing Jesus’ feet with her tears. Then she wiped the tears off with her hair and rubbed Jesus’ feet with the ointment. The Pharisee was offended by the woman’s presence. He thought to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”

Knowing the Pharisee’s thoughts, but not addressing them directly, Jesus said, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” Simon answered.

“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were both unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?”

Simon thought for a moment and said, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” Jesus replied, “You have judged rightly.” Then Jesus turned to the woman and asked Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.”

Jesus looked at the woman and said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” This statement shocked the other guests at the Pharisee’s table. They wondered who this man was who could forgive sins. Then

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” After this, where Jesus proclaimed that he had the authority to forgive sins, he traveled with his disciples to the towns and villages in the region, preaching and telling the people about the kingdom of God.

Luke 7

1. How did the Pharisee feel about the woman?
2. What did Jesus say to the woman?

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