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Mark 14:1-21 – A Beautiful Thing: Meditative Musing for Dec 16

A beautiful deed is never wasted.

A woman poured expensive ointment on Jesus’ head. Some present complained that was waste, that it could have been sold and the money given to the poor.

Jesus said, “Leave her alone…. She has done a beautiful thing to me.” She has anointed my body for burial. 

Why do we thoughtlessly criticize people for generous gestures not in keeping with our personal agenda? This comes perilously near to the judging Jesus said we should not do. Their criticism was harsh rebuke. It was not gentle entreaty. And it came from people who did not understand.

You do not normally anoint a body for burial before it is dead, but Jesus knew He would soon die. He alone realized the effect of what she had done.

Yet, one who was present acted to give opportunity to those seeking to arrest Him away from the people who were hearing Him gladly. Judas went and made his infamous contract with Jesus’ enemies.

Why did He do it? Was he trying to force Jesus’ to act to bring the revolutionary kingdom that he and others of the apostles wanted? Some say that’s why. Others think it may have been out of disillusionment with Jesus because Jesus had taught the poor would be blessed in His kingdom, but this was not what Jesus was doing.

Whatever motivated Judas, Jesus continued His path to the cross – after another night with His disciples the next evening.

Will we follow Him?


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