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.’
Reflection by Janet Derby
Sometimes my reaction to this is that Judas has a point. The gospel writer does give us reason to dismiss that, as his motives are not honest ones. Yet, there are certainly times when I struggle with what I should spend my money on. How we spend money says a lot about our belief system. As you read this, my husband and I are on vacation with our son and daughter-in-law in Portugal. Traveling is one of ways we choose to prioritize our spending. There are many reasons why we feel this is important. Ken has always said that we are making memories, both for us and for our family. Those memories have become especially precious now that Josh is no longer with us. So, ultimately, I come down on the side of Jesus in this. Sometimes we should choose to use our funds to show the people close to us how much we care.
Wondrous God, thank you for the time that Christ spent on Earth showing us your ways. Help us to love and care for all those around us. Amen.