“Give your best to Jesus” – Seeds of Faith – April 4, 2022

One of the events before what we call the “Holy Week” was the anointment of Jesus in Bethany. It happened during dinner time at the home of Lazarus. Martha served dinner while Mary poured a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus.
What happened here is not to be confused of another event when a sinful woman poured an alabaster jar of perfume in the house of a pharisee.
This tells us that that there two events that Jesus was anointed by a woman with an expensive perfume.
What can we learn from this episode in the life of Jesus? This story can be found in John 12:1 to 11.
First, we should give our best to Jesus.
Martha made dinner in honor of Jesus. Mary poured an expensive perfume which was equivalent to a one year of salary. On the other hand, Lazarus testified to the public the power of Jesus that brought him to life. The three siblings gave their best to Jesus Christ.
In the same manner, we have to give our best to Jesus Christ no matter what the cost. Are we giving everything that we have for the cause of Jesus Christ?
Second, we must not be a hindrance to others who are serving Jesus.
In this story, Judas Iscariot showed his true colors. He objected to what Mary had done. He was telling everyone that the better use for the perfume is to sell it, and then distribute it to the poor.
At a glance, one can say that Judas had a point. Indeed, it should have been a good cause if it happened. But the comment of John is crucial to understanding the point of Judas. John wrote, “He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.” This means that he wanted to get the perfume, sell it and in the process get a big commission.
So, let us be careful with others who seem to want to help the poor but in reality just wanted to exploit them for their own benefit. Jesus put an end to the thinking of Judas. In the same manner, Christians must expose this kind of people.
As we start the Holy Week, let us remember what the siblings have done for Jesus Christ. May Lazarus, Martha and Mary be our inspiration.
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications
Central Philippine University
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