12Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ 6(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.) 7Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’
Devotion by Lynne Buell
While I do not fast on any one thing during Easter, this is a time for me to reflect on how I am acting my community into wellbeing. I chose this scripture, actually from last week, to reflect briefly on what I must challenge within myself so that I can be a better person. It reminds me of the vast love God has for all of us as Jesus’ life is sacrificed so we are saved from our sins no matter how crucial they are. Ultimately, I am encouraged to let go of the past and be open to new things, to move outward and forward, and to trust in God’s remarkable power to live life in accordance with Jesus’ teachings.
I pray that all can use this time of somber to see and rejoice in God’s love and existence in our lives. Amen.