Jesus’ tells Judas that in this case it is better to save the fragrant oil for his burial. Jesus was not negating the value and necessity of alms giving. Jesus’ other statement to Judas of “The poor you always have with you”, on its surface, might seem cynical or uncaring. But, that would not fit with the rest of Jesus‘ manifest concern for the poor, the oppressed and those at the margins of society. Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy and is reflecting a reality. Even if everyone started out even in life, sooner or later some will end up with more and others with less, much less. Chance, disaster, ill health, environmental changes, laziness, cheating, bad decisions- all will produce disparities.Read More
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