While Simon had the Holy one, Prophet, The Lord of glory, the Resurrection and the Life at his dinner table, he still wasn’t impressed.
When the woman came to Jesus, his feet were still dirty. It was custom to wash guest’s feet as they entered your home. That wasn’t forgotten about here, it was ignored.
And when the woman came to Jesus, weeping, washing his feet, others were shocked at her actions, yet Simon was pleased. Pleased not because of the service, but because this proved Jesus was a fake. Surely if he was this prophet they say he is, he would know who this sinner was.
But imagine the shock when Jesus spoke of the two moneylenders, and then spoke to Simon directly. “But he who is forgiven little, loves little” (7:47). Back to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven… Your faith saved you; go in peace” (7:48, 50).
While the Pharisee was a ritually clean and incredibly religious man, he loved God little. But the woman who desperately needed the forgiveness of Jesus, loved him most.
God looks for love that is not a set of religious rules, but a passionate and heartfelt realization that we are sinners in need of a Savior.