Someone once said that worship is the act of sacrificially giving to Jesus something that is precious to us. What would that be for you? Your money? Your time? Your job? For the woman described in this weeks Gospel text, it was a container of perfume.
There are a few things we can learn from our Gospel this morning: first of all, the alabaster box of ointment contained something that was very precious, but as long as it stayed in the container, it didn’t benefit anyone. John says that when the perfume was poured out upon Jesus that its fragrance filled the house. With Spring upon us and gardens filled with flowers, we love those vases in our homes which immerse our senses in their smells!
Jesus called the act a good work, and the original Greek actually means “a beautiful thing.” God has given each one of us a spiritual gift. It may be great faith, acts of service, hospitality, teaching, or some other gift. But if you keep that gift to yourself, it benefits no one.
It is our responsibility as a Christian to figure out what our gift is, and then to use it for the glory of God and the benefit of those around us. When we use what we have for Jesus, others can sense that we have been with Him. The use of our spiritual gifts causes others to sense Jesus’ presence in our lives.
As we continue our journey towards our Day of Giving, our challenge is to keep this in mind and pray that God will fill each of us with the spirit of generosity and love for our parish.
With abundant blessings, Your Friend and Vicar, Kofe