Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 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 he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Luke 7:39-43, 47
One last thing that really jumped out to me too is that this passage is a reminder that Jesus is drawing people to himself that we wouldn't typically expect.
I love that it says, "She heard that Jesus was eating there." Someone told her that Jesus was in town. They didn't tell her anything more than that he was eating dinner at someone's house. And the woman immediately took the thing most valuable and precious to her and invited herself into the room and honored Him — not to earn her forgiveness, but because she knew she was forgiven.
That just makes me think who are the people in my world who are just waiting to hear that Jesus has come near in their lives. Waiting for me to tell them that he has come near.
Yes, I love that “she heard that Jesus was eating there.” Faith comes by hearing. I also love the simplicity of Jesus’ whole purpose of including the parable. Those who are forgiven much, love much. I think my tendency is to see myself as an outsider in this story when really, a part from the saving work of Christ. I am this immoral and un-named woman who desperately needs saving. Apart from Him I can do nothing. The more I grow in the simplicity of this revelation, the more I will live a life of devotion that honors Jesus.