Contemporary English Version (CEV)
This past weekend, we were very grateful to have guests fill our house. We loved having people stay with us and enjoy a beautiful weekend, celebrating our daughter's birthday with us. It was a great weekend.
Now, there were lots of other things that probably needed to be done. We could have opted to tell folks to stay home because we needed to clean the house and mow the grass and organize the basement and so on and so forth. But we opted to celebrate when we had the chance, trusting that we'll find time for those other tasks later.
In this passage, Jesus is pointing out the importance of honoring Jesus when we have the chance Jesus doesn't tell us to ignore the poor -- he has spent hours teaching us to serve and love the poor when we can -- but he is telling us to be sure to take the chance to worship at the feet of Jesus when we can. It's vital not to let these moments of worship pass. We aren't to simply assume we'll be able to get around to it later. Set aside time to celebrate the love of Jesus. Be intentional about having time with your Savior. Don't let it slip.
The other tasks are important. But Jesus reminds us to put him first.