You who think of the poor in the abstract as a political problem to be solved (whether by hard work and austerity or by democratic restructuring and financial redistribution) will find that you always have them among you. But while Jesus knows of human need (Simon the leper was an untouchable social outcast until Jesus healed him; Mary a demon-possessed prostitute until Jesus delivered her), he knows that the root of poverty is not being disconnected merely from financial resources, but from loving relationship. And only God the Father, through Jesus the sole Mediator, can provide the abundant unfailing love that we not only want but ultimately need. Therefore extravagant love for Jesus not only qualifies as responsible stewardship, but is a necessary and vital part of the gospel message.
Eating: Roast Chicken, Mashed Potato, Roasted Vegetables, & Gravy
Present: Peter & Taryn + Isaac; Sophie + Ryan; Linda + Adam; Danny + Sarah, Matthijs; Simon, Becca; Doug.
Passage: Mark 14:1-11
On that subject…
— You can read here the text of a sermon that I preached reflecting on this incident in the context of the First Commandment.
— Here’s a song from IHOP on the alabaster jar theme: