Matthew 26:1-16 Children can follow along in Shine On page 264.
Today, a slightly different look at a fairly familiar passage. It has at least two parts, one in which Jesus has expensive perfume poured on him, and another in which Judas is paid for finding a moment to betray Jesus. We often focus on one or the other, but to read them together shows how much money guides our actions. For the woman, spending an expensive bottle of perfume on Jesus is not wasteful. But for many it is seen as unnecessary, and even foolish and irresponsible. For Judas, it was prudent to make money and gain favor by turning Jesus over in a quiet way to the authorities.
This all reminds me how much money is involved in some of our biggest moments in life. Do we know when to "waste" money on that which is precious to us? Do we know when to sacrifice financial gain for the well-being of others? These are two hard things to do intentionally and against the favor and opinion of others. Money matters, and the matter of money play big roles in our lives. May they not hinder our identity, but rather emphasize that which is most precious and meaningful and truest in our lives.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.