THE PARABLE OF THE TWO DEBTORS


One of the Pharisees, Simon, invited Jesus to eat with him. 

Jesus entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat at the table. 

Behold, a woman in the city who was seen as a sinner, Mary Magdalene, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of ointment. Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 

Now when Simon, who had invited him saw it and said to himself, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner." 

Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."

He said, "Teacher, say on."

"A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?"

Simon answered, "He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most."

He said to him, "You have judged correctly." 

Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet. You didn't anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many as with humanity, are forgiven, for she loved much. 

But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." 

Jesus said to Mary Magdalene, his disciple, "Your sins are forgiven."  

Taken from Luke 7:36-47

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