The Woman who offered precious ointment
There’s a principle found throughout the Scriptures concerning giving, it says: When you give, you gain what you cannot buy with your money. In Mark 14:3-9, a woman gave Jesus a gift of precious ointment. There were some present who called her gift a “waste.” They said the ointment could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus rebuked their hypocrisy, for gifts given from the heart are always accepted by the Lord. This woman gave Jesus something precious, her best gift, the best she could do. When you give to the church, is your gift merely a token gift or is it, a generous gift, coming from your heart filled with love? She couldn’t buy that kind of testimony for any amount of money; but giving obtained it for her. Your giving does not stop when you send stewardship check to St. Demetrios Church. Your giving continues to live on as a testimony to God’s presence. Your money is transformed into the service of Orthodoxy.