I didn’t post anything last week but plan to post something brief each day of Holy Week. Today’s suggested reading is John 12:1-11 which is the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet shortly before his death.
In the story, Judas says:
“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.) (John 12:5-6)
It reminds me of the times I have been in conversation and someone, sometimes I, talk over top of someone else. Sometimes it is an accident but usually it causes the conversation to lapse. Sometimes it is on purpose and it tries to deflect attention or shift the subject. cu
During Lent I have been trying to not complain. And not very successfully I might add. I had no idea how deeply rooted in my habits and my thought processes and my speech it was. But this passage helps me see that my complaining sometimes is a way of talking over top of God, of shifting the subject from what God is unhappy about to what I am unhappy about.
It is easy to throw stones at Judas and forget how often my own words betray and my own actions undermine Jesus’ purposes in my life.