Jesus continued, "Now to what can I compare the people of this day? What are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group shouts to the other, "We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!'
John the Baptist came, and he fasted and drank no wine, and you said, "He has a demon in him!'
The Son of Man came, and he ate and drank, and you said, "Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!'
God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by all who accept it."
A Pharisee invited Jesus to have dinner with him, and Jesus went to his house and sat down to eat.
In that town was a woman who lived a sinful life. She heard that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee's house, so she brought an alabaster jar full of perfume 1
and stood behind Jesus, by his feet, crying and wetting his feet with her tears. Then she dried his feet with her hair, kissed them, and poured the perfume on them.
When the Pharisee saw this, he said to himself, "If this man really were a prophet, he would know who this woman is who is touching him; he would know what kind of sinful life she lives!"
Jesus spoke up and said to him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Yes, Teacher," he said, "tell me."
"There were two men who owed money to a moneylender," Jesus began. "One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other owed him fifty.
Neither of them could pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Which one, then, will love him more?"
"I suppose," answered Simon, "that it would be the one who was forgiven more." "You are right," said Jesus.
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your home, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.
You did not welcome me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since I came.
You provided no olive oil for my head, but she has covered my feet with perfume.
I tell you, then, the great love she has shown proves that her many sins have been forgiven. But whoever has been forgiven little shows only a little love."
Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven."
The others sitting at the table began to say to themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?"
But Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."