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7:41 “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty. 7:42 When they could not pay, he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 7:43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
As always, context shapes intent and impact: A Pharisee is being picked out by Jesus for his unforgiving attitude toward a sinful woman who is showing extravagant love toward Jesus. Simon is cornered by the words of Jesus, but what we need to do something special: instead of pointing our finger at Simon, instead of joining in on the fun and guffaws of those around Simon (who surely must have said, “Ouch!” or something like it), we are to identify with the woman and to take pity on Simon. We are to make sure we are not like Simon.