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Focus on Jesus

She broke in. An uninvited woman enters Simon the Leper’s house carrying

a very expensive alabaster jar of perfume. She pours the perfume on

Jesus’ head and feet, and then crumbles before him weeping and wipes

His feet with her unbound hair.

Some noticed the expensive alabaster jar of perfume, and declared, “Why

this waste? This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the

money given to the poor.”

Others gossiped about her sinful life. “If this man were a prophet, he would

know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is-that she is a


She only saw Jesus. Her focus was on her Master and her desperate need

to be forgiven, to touch the feet of the Man she knew was Messiah, her

Savior, her Lord. Pushing aside her heavy shame, the result of trying to find

love when true love now sat before her, she ignores the stares and the fear

of being told, “Get out! You’re not wanted here!” and purposefully moves

forward hoping that this will be the moment when her chains will fall away,

and she will finally be free.

Jesus focuses on her. He sees His broken daughter, the woman he has

been pursuing for so long. She is just one of the women for which He would

be laying down His life. Jesus sees this woman who has been bound by

shame and who now sees her Savior. Jesus, moved by her act of love,

speaks the words she wants to, she needs to hear, “Your sins are forgiven.

Your faith has saved you, go in peace.”

I’m embarrassed to admit that I have wrongfully sat in the place of

judgment, pigeon-holing my thoughts on the cost of things rather than upon

their worth. I have thought myself better than others ignoring my own sins

and shame.

I have also been broken, dropped at the foot of His cross, trembling at my

Savior’s feet, wishing I could touch Him, feel Him, desperate to Hear His

voice in my own ears.

When the trappings of my sinful soul take a back seat to His Holiness living

within me, that is when I feel His touch, heart His voice and I am reminded

that I am His. 

This is when I feel His love. This is when I know Jesus sees me. Through

my tears, I know Jesus is with me. He sees my pain. He knows my sins

and wants to free me from the heavy burdens I carry. 

If you are struggling with feeling alone, heavy with guilt or shame, cry out to

Jesus, and leave your burdens at the foot of His cross and be set free!

As this Lenten season continues, make it a point to set your focus on

Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer and Lord.

Linda Guteres

Past LWML Atlantic District President


Suffolk Zone


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