Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
by: Jerry Johnson.
In my work as a chaplain in a military hospital, one of the most important areas I work in is the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step program. Each cycle, I have the opportunity to work with service members who are struggling with the whole question of forgiveness. Some cannot seem to forgive themselves; others find it hard to forgive those from their past who created the conditions for their addiction; others need someone to forgive them but only find guilt and shame. Encountering these people has softened me. I used to condemn and judge. Now I try hard to love much and share Jesus’ offer of forgiveness.