Why was the ointment wasted in this way? — Mark 14:4.

The woman who entered Simon’s house emptied her precious ointment on Jesus’s head in an act of love. Were her actions extravagant?

The other guests thought so. They asked why waste the ointment, why not sell it and give the proceeds to the poor.

Our lesson raises several questions. Is there a time and place for extravagance? Is extravagance limited to exorbitant spending? What actions although extravagant are called for?

Love seems to be one of those necessities that can be never be too extravagant? Do you agree?


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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