He did not take the trouble to rebuke the impudent murmurers, but he persisted in consoling the loving penitent. He honoured her faith, and bade her go, with his peace resting upon her, for he did not wish her to be disturbed by cruel tongues. Learn hence how delighted Jesus is to forgive great sinners, since they bring him great love in return, and see also how free his mercy is, since he frankly forgives those who have nothing to pay.
Love and grief my heart dividing,
With my tears his feet I’ll bathe,
Constant still in faith abiding,
Life deriving from his death.
Here it is I find my heaven,
While upon the cross I gaze.
Love I much? I’ve more forgiven;
I’m a miracle of grace.