I was reading today in Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 26. Jesus is at the home of someone called Simon the Leper. An unnamed woman anoints his head with a very expensive far of prefumed oil. The disciples are not happy – the oil could have been sold and the money used for the poor. Jesus disagrees – ‘You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me …what she has done today will be remembered whenever the Gospel is preached’
How do we read scripture ? It’s easy to assume that we’re supposed to read it from the ‘right’ point of view. This usually means seeing it from the perspective of the ‘good’ person. To be on the side of the angels. To see things from the point of view of the underdog. To side with the poor.
So in this passage, I want to see it from the disciples’ angle. I think they’re right. The money could have been used for the poor. And I would hope that Jesus would agree, and tell her to stop. But he doesn’t. Uhh ?
Any thoughts ?
Grace and Peace.