Good morning students,
Now that you have your Internet back you should be able to follow my adventures in Mistissini as well as do your devotions with me each morning. We are looking at Matthew 26 this morning.
Between the part about the leaders not having the brains to figure out how to arrest Jesus and the enemy doing the work for them, we have an incredible touching moment. Yet even here there were disturbers of the peace.
An unidentified woman entered the home of a man who was hosting Jesus. There she began to anoint Jesus with an expensive perfume. Thus was born a war that continues to this day as the voices cried out against the apparent waste of this act of love. In the Church we still have a tug of war between those who wish to pour out lavish love to God and those who want to be more practical in the use of things that could benefit humanity. How do we decide which is the better? Well, let's consider Jesus for a moment.
Do you remember the incident with Mary and Martha? Martha was very busy and for a legitimate reason. She was hosting Jesus. It was her responsibility and she took it seriously. But Mary had chosen to sit and listen to Jesus. It was a lavish use of her time. A practical use would have been to help Martha but Jesus said Mary had chosen wisely this day. Does that give us the right to do nothing? Far from it, but there is a time to be lavish in everything with God, time, money, talents. We need to be sensitive to these times.
It is the same with this incident at Bethany. This woman was moved to be lavish in her love for Jesus and no one should have criticized her for it. If we are all sensitive to the Spirit we would understand a lot more what peopel around us are doing. Jesus said, "The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me." Is Jesus telling us to disregard the poor? Hardly. You should know better especially after yesterday's devotions. Jesus spent three years serving the needs of the multitudes. He had a great deal of compassion for them. But this was a time to be lavish in love to Jesus.
Have you ever know what it is to be lavish in love? Perhaps you have danced before God on Sunday. Maybe you sang louder than ever before. Maybe you emptied your pockets into the offering plate. If you have not then it would be hard for you to understand this moment. Trust me then when I say that we must learn to be sensitive to the Spirit in these matters and keep out comments and attitudes to ourselves.