Mar. 17:  Fifth Sunday in Lent                                Read John 12:1-8

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.”


from Daniel Harry, Community Christian Church, Beech Bottom

            It was true for the Apostles but not for us.  Mary uses costly perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet. Judas objects because the money could be given to the poor. Jesus rebukes him saying you always have the poor but you will not always have me. Jesus is predicting his death and separation from the Apostles. It’s not a statement meant for us because for us it is not true. Jesus is with us, not just spiritually but physically. Remember Mathew 25:31-45; when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, quench the thirsty, visit the sick and imprisoned, we do this to him. The poor are with us always because Jesus is the poor and He is with us always. How often have we averted our eyes to avoid seeing our Lord with his hand outstretched or huddled in a doorway?

Lord, forgive us and give us eyes to see.


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