From Elizabeth Rogers;
Clearly, this young man did not realize what her profession was. And, to think he was called a prophet. You would think even a fool could divine a whore when he saw one. Even a blind man could see that. Her hair hanging down, the scent of perfumes and oils, and the sound of her voice, all made it obvious. But, suddenly the voice of the preacher snapped him out of his thoughts.
"Simon, let me tell you something."
"Yes, Teacher, go ahead," Simon answered with as reverent of a voice as he could muster.
"There was a certain creditor who had two debtors: the one owed five hundred days wages, and the other fifty. And when they defaulted on the debt, he marked both paid in full. Tell me then, which of them would love him most now?"
Simon answered thoughtfully, "I imagine the one who owed the most."
Jesus, looking at him with moist eyes said, "Good answer."
Then gesturing to the woman, he continued, "See this woman? I entered into your house, you gave me no water for my feet: but she has washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. You gave me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in has not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I say unto you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." (Luke 7:44-47)
Speechless, Simon sat there not knowing how to respond to the impertinence of this guest. How dare he criticize his hospitality! But, Jesus wasn't looking at him. He was looking directly into the eyes of this woman who had showed such affection. Smiling, he said, "I forgive you for everything you've done wrong in your life. Because you have faith in who I am, you are saved. Go and live your life happy now."
The woman smiled and all of her shame fell off, like a visual change in her face. The room was abuzz as she left, with all those eating marveling at the fact that this young preacher had such authority to forgive sins.