Karen Swallow Prior on Beauty Is the Extravagance That Makes Us Human

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (RNS) – A first edition of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein” sold at auction for $1.17 million earlier this month, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a work published by a woman.

When I tweeted out the news story, someone responded by saying it was hard to get excited about this news when so many people are starving and needy.

The exchange reminded me of a story told about Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew:

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

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Source: Reuters