The Annointed One!
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There
they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of
those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment
of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet
with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who
was to betray him), said, "Why was this ointment not sold
for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he
said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief,
and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into
Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it
for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but
you do not always have me."
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How easy it is to miss the point! We, like Judas, have
our own ideas about Christ's kingship, which may not be wholly
compatible with God's ideas. Regarding consideration for the poor,
we have the time which Jesus did not. Now is the time to see what
we can do about the poor.
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