Friday, March 9th. John 12:1-8

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Joyce Bauer. Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.


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 the disciples, said, ‘Why was the perfume not sold for 300 denarii and the money given to the poor?” 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.”  John 12:1-8


Mary was delighted that Jesus had come for dinner in her home and with Lazarus and Martha.  She was happy to use the costly nard to anoint Jesus’ feet and wipe them with her hair.  This was a unique act for a special occasion before His death.


But one of the disciples present, Judas Iscariot, objected and asked why was she, Mary, using the expensive ointment?  Why not sell it and give the money to the poor and needy?!


A number of years ago my husband was approaching his 75th birthday…and he mentioned that it sure would be nice to have a luncheon and invite some of his close friends.  I, too, like Judas, thought that the money spent on a party could be given to the poor and needy or Lutheran World Relief.  I talked with my pastor about the luncheon and he assured me the Lord would feel this was an “OK” affair – honoring someone.  Having a 75th birthday was special and to go ahead with the plans.


We did, a happy occasion – all had a good time.  So, in the presence of the Lord, do special acts.  It is one of the many ways we worship.


Let us pray:  Thank you dear Lord for being available for us and our needs at all times.  Forgive us our sins and may we look forward to when we will live in your Kingdom.  In your name,  Amen.



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