Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20; Luke 7:36-8:3; Psalm 69:1-18; Proverbs 12:1
“A certain money lender had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii and the other 50.
When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both.
Now which of them will love him more?
Simon answered, “The one I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.”
And Jesus said to him, “You have judged correctly.”
Then turning to the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?
I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet but she has wet my feet
with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many are forgiven–
for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:41-47
The Pharisee says, “I know myself. I know the Law I keep. I may not be perfect, but I’m better than most.”
The sinful woman says, ” I know myself. I know that I don’t belong in His presence.”
Jesus says, “I know you both–you are both sinners, but only one of you sees yourself rightly. To you, woman, I forgive you all of your sins. Your tears confess, your kisses revere, your perfume acknowledges. You love much because you have been forgiven much.”
One sinner receives grace and leaves in peace.
Lord God, during this season of Lent may I come to you as the sinner that I am; to see myself as you see me–one for whom Christ shed his blood. Please forgive me for sitting at your table with the smugness of a Pharisee–seeing myself as “better than most.” Please cleanse my heart of hypocrisy and lukewarm devotion. May I give you heartfelt worship and praise for sins forgiven. Let me live my life for you. May your tender mercies reach out to all who truly see themselves as you see them–as sinners who HAVE a Savior. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.