Oscar Wilde said a cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Whether or not a cynic is well-served by the definition is less of interest to me than the overall discussion of value and what things might be worth.
Two of our Lectionary texts this Sunday specifically address the worth of both tangible and intangible things. In the Gospel lesson, we read about a container of perfume worth a year’s wages and in the Epistle lesson, we read Paul’s recitation of his pre-conversion credentials. Both are about valuable things, extrinsic and intrinsic, but it is easy for us to spend too much time on the wrong parts of these two readings.
In this Sunday’s sermons, I am trying to help us look for what these two things are actually worth rather than what we might immediately think. As always, let me know what you think,