I would like us to think of it a long a little different "line" today. Our Scripture readings, this morning, are Luke 7:36-38 and Mark 7:1-8. In Luke the woman, an uninvited guest at the Pharisee's house, anoints Jesus' feet with her tears and oil (perfume - depending on which translation you read), from an Alabaster jar. In Mark the Disciples, hungry Disciples, have eaten with out stopping to wash their hands. Yes, all of us as parents, are going "you need to wash your hands before you eat" but that isn't what the Pharisees are referring to. The Disciples haven't followed the "rules" for cleansing before eating. Jesus points out the problem the Pharisees are having is because the Pharisees have gotten so caught "up" in the laws man has made they have forgotten God's law -- feed the hungry!
Seeing these two readings brings me back to time and money and, probably, thinking a little differently about things. Where are we in these two readings? Are we, like the Disciples, so caught up in the world's definition of what, and how, we don't hear what God is asking us to do? Are we, like the woman, willing to give our savings (everything!!) to God? Like Elisha, burning the yoke to cook the oxen, this woman has given everything - her life's savings and probably her "retirement" - to Jesus. In fact she has given time and the equivalent of money!
Interesting things to think about as we start into another school year. What are we giving to God? We're asked to "love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength" (Mark 12:30) and to follow where God leads. Are we following, and doing, as God asks? Or are we following, and doing, what the world asks?