We all have that friend. The friend that just doesn’t get the drift and is totally oblivious to what is going on around them. Whether it be the conversation that you’re having with them and they walk away hearing something completely different than what was intended, or the friend who just always seems to be on a different page. And although we value their friendship, let's be honest! There are times it can be rather taxing to have to repeatedly ‘SPELL-IT-OUT’ for them!
I’m sure that Jesus, all-be-it with a lot more grace, had to have felt the same ‘Are you serious right now?’ feeling that we often experience.
As you read today's scripture, notice how the disciples, Jesus closest friends, were totally OBLIVIOUS to the act of worship that the woman displayed toward Jesus. It took Jesus, spelling it out in order for them to see it.
This may be a stretch to say, but maybe they were hungry and blinded by a tough few weeks of fishing. Maybe they had bills coming in that they had no idea how they would pay. Regardless of the circumstances, if these same friends who did life with Jesus and witnessed first hand His teachings and miracles were able to miss this beautiful act, how often do we miss these moments?
Prayer: Father, as oblivious as I can be, may I able to identify true moments of worship and not miss out. May I see with Your eyes and Your heart in order to determine what is and what is not important in life. Thank you for your patience towards me and may I be sensitive to the Spirit.
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”