King David’s sin resulted in a plague on Israel. At the prophet Gad’s instruction, David goes to sacrifice to the Lord.  Araunah offered the land to him for free. But David said, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (II Samuel 24:24) David paid Araunah for the land and the oxen. David’s heart was like the heart of Mary who poured expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus. When we really know the greatness and glory of God, we find ourselves joyfully serving a God for whom no sacrifice is too large.

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