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Helping out the poor

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

In this election season, much has been said about the redistribution of wealth – of helping out the poor. Jesus addressed this issue in scripture:

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. John 12:1-8

When the disciple wanted to take the woman’s ointment, sell it, and give the money to the poor, Jesus rebuked him. In effect Jesus was saying, “If you want to help poor, help the poor with your own money, not with someone else’s.”

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