Today's Lectionary Text
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary 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. 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.”
Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She brought 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.”
As I think about these words and the rebuke Jesus gives to Judas, I reflect on what was in Judas’ heart.
Here we have background that Judas was taking money from the community purse for his own use. We know the rest of the story in the fact that Judas betrayed Jesus for a handful of coins. Coins that lay heavy on his heart after knowing that Jesus suffered on the cross. These thoughts continue to circle around in my mind making me think about our own personal struggles.
Later today, I will be in Wichita to meet with clergy and laity as the bishop has another regional gathering. Thinking about John and how sometimes his words make us stop, think and reflect on our own lives. The question in my mind right now as I continue to type is this, “What am I letting into my life that is separating me from Jesus?” Honestly, as I think about this, I realize I let the busyness distract me from ministry and the mission.
“Busy” has been my sermon series during Lent and while I have taken time to slow down and reflect on the three simple rules. Just as I slow down life tends to speed up. So, my challenge is to continue to search for the balance God calls us all to live. Let us remember that there are moments in life that continue to call us back to God. Lent is one of those times to do this.
-Pastor Jeff Goetzinger
Little River and Mitchell Chapel UMC's
Prayer for Reflection
Holy God, let us always remember that in the midst of life you are with us and help us to remember there are times we need to stop and be with you.
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