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Mary’s privilege

July 8, 2014

The disciples had just gotten a lesson on being compassionate to the poor. If they didn’t care about the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the ones in prison then God could well send them straight to hell. Now a woman came to Jesus with an alabaster jar of ‘very expensive perfume’ and poured it on Jesus’ head. The disciples were taken aback by such an act! Probably that she as a woman couldn’t feel so free with a man, and certainly not with one of impeccable character as Jesus! Maybe she wasn’t renowned for her character either. So they built a neat case: ‘why this waste? This perfume could’ve been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’

Not that Jesus didn’t care for the poor, or that this whole thing wasn’t wasteful, but that this was a unique moment visible only to his divine eyes, He approved it. This would give Jesus that much needed push to complete the most vital part of his mission. Something that He himself prayed against. Jesus knew that it was an almost wasteful luxury, but it would be well worth the while. It will more than make up for its cost. Maybe it was one of those precious few luxuries he savored. Oh what a privilege was Mary’s!

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