Finally! Jesus is going to dinner. I think I’ll tag along and pretend I’m his dog. They’ll have to let me in.
What do you mean they might not let dogs come? They let that lady come and she wasn’t even invited.
Yes, I’ll listen to the story.
A Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to dinner.
I wonder if they’re having fish for dinner.
I’m listening – I’m listening.
A woman who’d lived a sinful life found out Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. She showed up with an alabaster jar of perfume.
I hope they invited her in and gave her some fish.
I am too listening.
The woman stood at Jesus’ feet weeping. She began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and poured perfume on them.
Simon the Pharisee thought to himself that if Jesus was really a prophet He would know that this woman who touched Him was a sinner.
I wouldn’t care who that woman was if I got loves. Maybe not on the feet though.
Can I get loves while I listen?
Jesus knew what Simon was thinking and He told Simon a story.
“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both.”
Then Jesus asked Simon which of the two would love the moneylender more.
Simon replied that he thought it would be the one with the bigger debt canceled and Jesus told him he was right.
This is where Jesus gives Simon what for, isn’t it?
I am listening. I’m just trying to help you along.
Jesus told Simon that when He came into his house Simon hadn’t given him any water to wash His feet, but the woman had washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Simon had not given Jesus a kiss, but the woman had not stopped kissing His feet. Simon had not put oil on Jesus’ head, but the woman poured perfume on His feet.
Jesus told the woman her many sins were forgiven because she had loved much. And He said that he who has been forgiven little loves little.
The other dinner guests began mumbling among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
Would Jesus forgive my sins? I’ll kiss His feet.
Oh wait, I forgot. I’m the perfect dog. I don’t have any sins to forgive.
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
I think that woman should have kept hanging out. She probably would have gotten some fish. Oh well, that’s okay. All the more for me.