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Matthew 26:6-13, The Anointing at Bethany

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, ‘Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.
— Matthew 26:8-9,13

NL Daily Devotion for Friday, April 12, 2019

by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff


I want to be the one to decide. I want to decide what is and is not a worthy use of resources in God’s kingdom. Like the disciples, I am incensed when I see what I judge to be a waste of time or money or energy.

I usually judge such things without having all the facts.

And the fact is that God’s love is extravagant. What God, in Christ Jesus, endured for the sake of lavishing eternal life upon us is no less than prodigal. How can we not respond in kind, giving of all we have and are to serve God and our neighbor?

This one woman chose to pour out her heart along with her ointment to prepare Jesus for his sacrifice, and it is deemed a worthy gift.

I cannot give enough to the work of the kingdom, therefore I surely cannot give too much.

Where might I offer my resources to God’s healing justice in the world?