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Mark 14:9 Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.
In this passage from Mark, Jesus hears the mother of all chirps: Yeah, but what about the poor? The chirp goes right to the heart of Jesus’ teachings—or tries to. The comment is clearly said without an actual concern for the impoverished. The chirp is as much a trap for Jesus as it is for the woman with the alabaster jar.
Jesus is not having any chirping. He draws the woman closer to him. This unnamed woman takes both financial and social risks, and Jesus refuses to leave her hanging, instead holding her up as a fundamental model for all disciples. Jesus gives us a lesson in the Christian response to chirping: When everyone else is pushing others away, we are called to draw them closer.
MOVING FORWARD: Listen for chirps today—from yourself and others. Find a kind and loving way to bring Jesus’ response into your conversation.