耶稣对西门说的话需要更深的思考。 “她许多的罪都赦免了，因为她的爱多”（7：47）。是她爱在先还是她被赦免在先呢？这里听起来好像耶稣赦免她是因为她的爱，而不象是如耶稣给西门的问题里所作相反的暗示（7:41-42）。粗略的阅读一个故事可能会导致对其中要点的误解。 “你的信救了你”（7:50）。耶稣不是说她的爱赚取了她的赦免。相反，她丰富的爱表明了她知道她已经被赦免。这个女人的行为不是要赚取她的赦免，因为人的行为永远不能赚得赦免。她这样做是因为她知道，她已经因信得到赦免。最终，就像后面那个税吏的故事，这是一个关乎信心的故事。唯独因信可以称义。
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Luke 7:31-50 [Read]
Physicians are admirable. Besides having to go through vigorous training for medical knowledge, they have to endure long hours for caring their patients. More importantly, they are in the frontline of facing human suffering. Often time, it’s their caring words and loving touches that really comfort the ones in pain. A true physician naturally develops a keen eye on the agony of people.
Luke was a doctor. Therefore, his recording of Jesus tended to pay special attention to the outcast of society. The sinful woman in today’s reading and the tax collector in 18:9-14 are two primary examples for such unique character. The woman was a sinner (7:39). By using this term to specifically refer this woman, Luke probably meant a particular sinful way of making a living. She was despised by the society, and she could only befriend with tax collectors (Mt 9:10). She was not fit to see a Rabbi.
Luke described her action in detail (7:38), and it was repeated by Jesus (7:44-46). The emphasis was clear. She knew her unworthiness before the Lord. She wiped the feet of Jesus with her tears, and she kissed his feet and poured perfume on them. And she was doing it in front of many self-righteous Pharisees. She did not care, for her eyes were focused on her Lord and his forgiveness.
Jesus’s saying to Simon demands deeper pondering. “Her many sins have been forgiven, for she loved much” (7:47). Did she love first or was she forgiven first? It sounds like Jesus forgave her because of her love, not the other way around as hinted by Jesus’s question to Simon (7:41-42). A quick scan of the story may result in misunderstanding of its main point. “Your faith has saved you” (7:50). Jesus was not saying her love earned her the forgiveness. Instead, her abundant loveshowed that she knew she had been forgiven. The woman’s behavior was not trying to earn her forgiveness, for no human works could ever achieve that. She did it because she knew she was already forgiven through faith. At the end, just like the story of the tax collector, it’s a story about faith. Faith alone justifies.
It’s a story which cuts to my heart. The love we show indicates the faith we have about God’s forgiveness. Little love means that, deep down in our heart, we do not believe that we are or need to be forgiven. And these are the people who the Lord will say: “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers”. O Lord, have mercy on us！