Sunday, 12 June 2016

Why no one asked Jesus

While Jesus was eating, a woman came in with an ababaster jar full of very expensive perfume made from pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head. Some of the people there became angry and said to one another, “What was the use of wasting the perfume? It could have been sold for more than three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor!” And they criticized her harshly.

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.

6 comments:

  1. Well said, Victor! We brush aside the thought of our responsibilities with the Gospel of Freedom we hold with an iron grip. I totally agree with you--though we can never earn grace---our lack of consciousness of those all around who are suffering in one form of another is a poor call to faith by those who are watching!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Lulu. I sometimes wonder if I am doing enough. I tried to help in the past but right now it is not always easy or possible. It's so wonderful that you devote so much time to teaching - thank you on their behalf.

      God bless.

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  2. That was nice and practical. It's not always clear how to use those "talents" that God gives us, and your post made it so simple.

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline for visiting my Blog and for your kind comment. We hope you return here soon.

      God bless you.

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  3. Victor, this is a great shot in the arm. Thank you for reminding us of our duties as Christians.

    I must admit, I never thought about that statement in this Gospel passage. I always focused on the part about Jesus not being with us. But you looked at the other half of that statement and found a teaching in that as well. Just brilliant.

    God Bless you!

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    1. Thank you Michael for your kind words. I always wondered why Jesus said the poor will always be with us. Physically poor and otherwise.

      God bless you, Michael.

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