John 12:8 “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
In this story Jesus commends Mary for using an expensive bottle of perfume to anoint his feet while rebuking Judas who says it should have been sold and the money given to the poor. Of course Jesus cares about the poor but he wants to make the point that personal devotion to him and concern for his upcoming death are of supreme importance. I have been encouraging our congregation to live with Psalm 90 during Lent. This psalm reminds us that our life passes quickly. Opportunities come and then go beyond our reach to retrieve them. God is always with us. Jesus assured his followers that he was with them always, even to the end of the age. But this moment with God passes and as best as I can tell can never be recalled in exactly the same way. There is an old saying that you never enter the same river twice. You have this Easter, this Holy Week, this Lent, to travel with God and those around you in a unique way. There are those things that should be done but always can be done. Then there is encountering God in the holiness of the present moment. Next year will be a different journey. What do you need to do this year? Now?