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Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.
Judas did not care about the poor. He wanted the oil to sell so he could have the money, not the poor. Yet he thought that his bluster would make him look good, as if he cared for the poor. How many today do that? They talk a good talk about giving, but actually never give money or of themselves. Many do not have the financial resources to donate, but we have ourselves. And, giving of ourselves is sometimes more important than money. What do you give? And, to whom?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I and all others care for the poor of this world as you do. Sometimes they are not just poor financially, but poor in spirit, and need some human kindness and love. May I always be aware of your children in need, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.