Do we as Christians imitate the behaviour of Simon the Pharisee or Jesus our Saviour? We see how the purist Simon was not only uneasy in the presence of the woman who had entered his house, but was also a self-appointed judge whose mentality was to keep his distance from this “sinner” (Lk. 7:36-50). She was anathema to him. In contrast, Jesus not only welcomed the woman into His presence, but He also allowed her to touch His feet, which would make Him ritually unclean. Jesus declares her many sins forgiven, a direct result of His love for her and her response. As we journey through life, are we ‘Simon’ who reject and condemn, or are we Jesus who seek to save? Lord Jesus, You came to save us from our many sins. Since we cannot save ourselves, help us to worship at Your feet with contrite hearts. May our gratitude for Your saving grace be evident in the ways we show compassion and mercy to all people in our lives. Amen.