Read John 12:1-10

 

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.  Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

 

But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?”   (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)

 

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.  You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

 

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well.

(NRSV)

 

    from Rev. Aaron Watkins, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bluefield

 

            I’m a huge believer that life is about the choices we make. I’ve shared this belief with others.  Some have agreed with me; some have not. Sometimes it’s easy to make good choices; sometimes it easy to make bad ones. I’ve made plenty of the latter, all the while complicating my life.

            Judas Iscariot made the choice in his faith journey to turn his back on Jesus and betray him for money. He did not care for his fellow man, but only for himself, as today’s passage clearly points out. We all need each other in this life. The poor need the rich; the rich need the poor. No matter what economic class, race, gender we belong to, no matter what our nationality, we all need each other. And that applies to our spiritual journey as well. We worship God as a community and not in isolation of each other.

 

Lord of life, help us to make the conscious choice

to see the “other” in our world this day,

and so seeing, be turned toward you.

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