Sunday, 12 June 2016
Why no one asked Jesus
But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a fine and beautiful thing for me. You will always have poor people with you, and any time you want to, you can help them. But you will not always have me.” Mark 14 3-7.
It is perhaps significant that no one asked Jesus, “Why? Why will we always have the poor with us?”
Is Jesus saying that God will always allow poverty in this world? Is He saying that all our efforts to help the poor are in vain?
Of course not. He is not saying this.
Could He perhaps be talking about something more than just material poverty?
Is He maybe reminding us that there will always be someone worse off than us? Someone who is poor in material things, someone poor in spirit, poor in health, poor in education or even poor in Faith. This may be miss-interpreting Him perhaps but still worth considering.
We all have a responsibility towards those in poverty in one way or another. No matter how their poverty manifests itself.
We should always readily recognize our blessings and share them with those less well off than us.
If we are fortunate to be financially rich, we should give to those who have not.
If we are in good health, we should help those who are sick. Visit them at home or in hospital, and give a hand when needed.
If we are clever or intelligent we should be more tolerant towards those not as bright as us and help educate them where we can.
And if our Faith is strong, we should help and pray for those who falter and fail in their walk with the Lord.
So I suppose Jesus could be referring to poverty in the wider sense, as well as physical poverty of course. And such poverty, whatever it may be, will continue with us as a permanent reminder of our responsibilities towards others as well as towards God Himself.
And with this responsibility comes a greater and more onerous one. That is to answer to Him when He asks us: “And what have you done with the riches I gave you?”
Our talents are to be used for His glory to help others.