The Gospel text for today is John 12: 1-11. This is one of three places where Jesus famously says “the poor you will always have with you.” The main difference here is that according to John, it is Judas who questions Jesus allowing Mary to anoint his feet with costly oil. Matthew attributes the challenge to “the disciples,” and Mark to “some of those present.”
On this, the day after Palm Sunday, we have Judas questioning Jesus. It is supposed to be easy to pick sides, right? When in doubt, side with Jesus, right?
But according to John, Judas thinks there is better use for the money that bought this perfume. Matthew seconds this thought on behalf of the disciples, and Mark a generic “some.”
Sunday, yesterday, everyone was for Jesus. Waving palms, laying cloaks over the royal path, shouting Hosanna! This Friday, of course, when we remember the trial and crucifixion, Jesus is abandoned. Today’s reading is interestnig in that we are challenged not to side with Jesus either.
It is tempting today, isn’t it, to question such elaborate, wasteful extravagance?
No simple solutions today; just this thought on our way to the cross and tomb: do you, do I, always side with Jesus? Or do we sometimes find ourselves making pretty good arguments against him?