Mark 14:4

Gaining Holy Ground

 

Read:

“But some were indignantly remarking . . ." Mark 14:4

 

Reflect: 

Gaining holy ground in our life is increasingly more difficult because our culture no longer has a reserve of Christian formation or a language of hope to inspire a deep devotion to Jesus. 

When life becomes more and more disconnected, frenetic and frightening, we cling to whatever offers us a quick release from stress, strain and struggles. But, in our grappling and grasping for the temporary, we lose Jesus. Whenever the important and eternal is traded in for the superficial, faith becomes flat and frail. It's easy to get caught up in the appealing sparkle of the quick solutions culture offers.

We can be lured away from God’s way of life. There are some dangerous attitudes we need to step away from in order to find faithfulness to Jesus again.

Self-interest

Narcissism can pass as spirituality. Often a pursuit to know God’s will is nothing more than wanting to control the outcome and feel good about ourselves.

Self-improvement

Some claim to offer a quick path to greater faith in only a few weeks, instead of calling us to perseverance and the practice of discipleship, which creates an atmosphere of repentance, selflessness and leads us into the resurrected life of Christ within us.

Self-importance

Fame is a hunger for influence and position we want to hold with others. We've been deceived by our need to be accepted by others into abandoning the health of our communion with God. 

Self-indulgence

Both television and trade books promise that by following certain formulas we will be blessed with wealth. The attraction to more things is insidious. We should be cautious of believing that wealth is a sign of spiritual maturity.

Self-interpreting

Giving selective attention only to the verses we like to hear, while overlooking the hard sayings of Jesus, and the tendency to explain scripture on how we see it, rather than what it means in the full context, can warp our worship of Jesus.

The central problem of these attitudes is self. Mary was not preoccupied with herself.  Mary's unselfish act of worship helps us to locate Jesus. And, once again, gain holy ground.

 

Respond:

Are you in the way of your worship of Jesus?