Jesus was criticized for allowing Mary to show such extravagant love.
True love does not calculate the cost. It gives more and more and regrets not having more
to give. Mary took the most precious thing she had and gave it all.
O Henry, the master of short stories, tells about Della and Jim, a young couple deeply in
love. He called the story "The Gift of the Magi." They were very poor but wanted to give
each other extravagant gifts. Della's beautiful, long, flowing hair was one treasure she
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?