“Our Choices Show Us Who We Are”

Matthew. 26:6-10:  When Jesus was at Bethany visitng the house of Simon, who had a skin disease, a woman came to him with a vase of alabaster containing very expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ head while he was sitting at dinner.  Now when the disciples saw it they were angry and said, “Why this waste?” This perfume could have been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor.:  But Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said, “Why do you make trouble for this woman?”  She’s done a good thing for me. You always have the poor with you, but you won’t have me. By pouring this perfume over my body she’s prepared me for burial. I tell you the truth that wherever in the whole world this good news is announced, what she’s done will also be told in memory of her.”

Our Gospel is about a woman of means who pours expensive oil on Jesus, and the dicisples believe she is wasting her money and should give her money to the poor,but Jesus points out to them that she is preparing him for burial, and that she will be remembered. This story illustrates for me what we are called to do as Christians. 

Each person in poverty, who suffers because of the lack of physical means, is Jesus, and we are called to serve them by sharing like this woman of our wealth.  I believe that if each person with money would live with what they need they would have enough.

That is the belief of Dorothy Day, to live simply, that others may live.  In the next week we will be sharing time together, and you will get to know me.  And I want to share with you a little about me so you will know me, and understand where I come from. I felt a call to ministry in my early teens, and I have been driven by that call since then.  In Harry Potter whose themes you are seeking to live out this week you see a young guy who lives in the shadows, but always chooses the the right path.  I am not often sure about my choices, but mylife has been lived in the shadow alot. At fifteen I got a girl pregnant, and the baby was adopted out, and I found him at 18 12 years ago living on the streets, and he was killed ten years ago in a drug deal. That shadow has haunted my life. After that I closed down, and I entered the ministry taking a student parish when I graduated from high school at 16 and a half, and became the youngest person ordained eight years later in the conference after finishing seminary, but my shadow haunted me, I was not sure who I was in regards to my sexualty and so I requested permission to see a therapist and instead was asked to leave the ministry. Consequently I became a sex worker, sued the church, and came back to the priesthood after several years of struggle. I began this ministry nearly seventeen years ago, living simply, and working with sex workers, drug users and street kids. Like Clare of Assisis I believe I am call to “live the truth that I may die in obedience.” What that means is I preach a Gospel that includes everyone regardless of race, sexulaity, creed, and believe we should live simply.

I believe what Dumbledorf said in the “Prisoner of Azebar” “Our choices show who we truly are.” The woman in the story made the choice of anointing Jesus, and my choices have lead me here, and what you choose will determine our you live your life. I believe from my own experience in the redeeming grace of God, and I hope this week you will see that grace at work in your life and in the lives around you.

2 Responses to ““Our Choices Show Us Who We Are””

  1. Resources for Matthew 26:6 - 10 Says:

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