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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.
Matthew was trying to be nice by saying that all of the disciples questioned Jesus about Mary’s extravagant WASTE of the costly NARD perfume as she poured it on Jesus’ feet and dried them with her hair. But St. John says it was only Judas who really complained. John said he didn’t say this because he cared about the poor, but because as the treasurer of the group, he’d been dipping into the pot and stealing from it.
What Judas, and perhaps some of the other disciples, saw as an incredible waste of money, Mary saw instead as an extravagant gift for the one who had changed her life. I look back into my memory bank and remember great men and women who were there at different crossroads of my life and helped me make good decisions, and I wish I could go back and bless them in some way. Indeed, Jesus was God, yet on that day, He was flesh, and Mary knew Him as a friend. All she had of value was a jar of nard. It was a highly expensive perfume that was probably valued at a year’s worth of income. Instead of selling it and giving the money to the temple or the disciple’s bag, she wasted it on Jesus. I’m telling this story today because Jesus prophesied that I would over two thousand years ago. With that thought in mind, “What Of Value Could You Waste On Jesus Today?”
In rereading this story this AM, it may take me a minute, but with Your help, I’ll find something of value to waste on You today. I have no life whatsoever without You. Amen