Matthew 26:6-13 "Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 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.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. 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.”
Reflection. More series of questions rather than a reflection today. So, we can reflect and pause together:
Did we notice that Jesus is at the house of one of society's outcasts? Lepers were shunned...
Did we notice that you notice that Jesus let a woman touch him, and that in polite company?
Did we notice that the disciples saw a good act as a bad one? How often do we do the same?
Did we notice that Jesus is right? We still have those burdened by poverty? Why is that?
Did we notice the reference to Jesus's death?
Do we tell the Good News of this story 'in remembrance of her?'
And, here's the killer question. Who are we in the story?
Am I a welcomed leper and outcast?
Am I a self-righteous, judgemental disciple? Am I a woman offering sacrificial service?
Or, even, can I be Jesus to others and let them serve me or does my pride stop that's happening.
Prayer. 'Brother, sister, let me serve you..let me have the grace to let you serve me, too. Amen.
There's a song in there...