Lenten Meditation 41, April 10

Monday, April 10

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11

by Sandie Mueller

John 12:1:11

Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany and was having a last meal with Martha, Lazarus (whom Jesus had raised from the dead) and Mary. And Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping then with her hair; the house was filled with the scent of the ointment. Then Judas Iscariot – one of the disciples – said, ‘why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’

But Judas was not in the wonder of the moment and missed the content of Jesus’ message of right judgement – who were the poor in spirit whom it was necessary to nurture, and how. Jesus, ever the teacher, was not harsh with Judas. Focusing on Mary, speaking to Judas and for others to hear, he said only, “Leave her alone; let her keep it for the day of my burial. You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.”