Lent Day 33: Friday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, *said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” 6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. 7 Therefore Jesus said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. ~ John 12:1-7 (NASB)

Lord, it’s hard to believe that one of Jesus’ own disciples, Judas Iscariot, would steal from Jesus and the other disciples and even harder to believe that someone so close to Jesus could betray Him. Yet I have never lavished an expensive gift on You just because I love You. I have chosen my own selfish desires rather than serving You or Your people. I have betrayed You when I sin. Help me to focus on my own weaknesses, shortcomings, and sins and not those of anyone else. Strengthen me in my faith and let me love You more and more each day. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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