A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:36-50
Today’s Gospel is really cool as Jesus teaches us more about forgiveness and love. Though much can be said in relation to this passage, but I want to focus on the last sentence when Jesus says to the woman, a known sinner, “your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
On many occasions in scripture we hear our Lord repeat this same sentence to sinners. Earlier this year I reflected on this sentence while in prayer. It was almost as if Jesus was directly speaking that exact same sentence into my heart. What does it mean? How does it affect me and my daily life?
Faith is powerful. Even if we have the tiniest bit of faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains! (Matthew 17:20) That’s amazing!
At times I feel like I try so hard to be the best version of myself I possibly can and to follow Christ and His teachings. This causes me to fall into the trap of wondering why my life isn’t perfect. If I am a “good person” why am I facing so many problems and dealing with the painful things life is throwing at me?
The thing is, bad things happen to good people because bad things happen to everybody. The uncontrollable circumstances we deal with are not directly related to our own hearts and our own behavior, life happens to everybody. The way to be sure that you have God’s forgiveness is to maintain strong faith. Having strong faith helps us from being fearful (Mark 5:36), it goes beyond what we can see from our human perspective (Hebrews 11:1), and it is given to us only by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8).
If we have faith that God will provide for us and unconditionally love us, and put all of our effort into increasing our faith in Him, we too, will be saved and can “go in peace” knowing that despite unfavorable conditions, with Christ, everything will be okay.
So today, take some time to meditate on this verse. Be attentive to the opportunities you have been given that can be used to increase your faith. Know that I will be praying for you! God Bless!