During Holy Week we will read the passage from the Gospel appointed for each day. Our scripture for today is John 12:1-11.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.
The last week of His life on earth was an eventful one, as Jesus prepared Himself and those around Him for what was to come. His friend Mary poured perfume on His feet, anointing Him as if for death. Even this act of worship was not without controversy as Judas protested the extravagance.
Jesus responds with the announcement that He would not always be with them. There are still those who don’t know what is to happen, or refuse to believe it. Do we fail to realize the sacrifice Christ made for us, focusing instead on what we want?
During this Holy Week, may we be fully aware of His saving grace for us and the life of servitude He chose to prove His love. Consider your relationship with Christ and what it is He asks of you. Let us all be mindful of His call on our lives.
Everlasting Lord, help us to see the path You have for us, even when it is difficult. Show us Your will and may it be done, now and forever. Amen.