Saturday, December 10, 2016


While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broken open the jar and poured at the ointment on his head. But some were there who said to one another in anger, "Why was this ointment wasted in this way?  For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor."  And they scolded her.  Mark 14:3-4

Who did she think she was?

Of course, she was scolded.  We would have done far worse.  We would take a picture of her foolishness and posted it instantly.  We would shame her on every form of social media we could find, until she would have to slink off, move to another town, assume a new identity.

We wouldn't be that wasteful, would we? Who do people think we are?

Given a gift of great value, receiving a donation of stock unexpectedly, blessed with a check we did not expect - we wouldn't waste it, would we?  We would immediately cash it, transfer it, convert it into currency and give it all to the poor around us, wouldn't we . . .

. . . unless the boiler needed repair
. . . the rainy day fund needed to be replenished
. . . new choir robes could be bought
. . . the budget needed to be balanced.

Who did she think she was? 

God breaking open grace and pouring it all over us in that baby born in Bethlehem?

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

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