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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Contrast of Devotion

Read Mark 14:12-26

While Jesus was reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, Mary anointed Him with expensive perfume. The heavenly scent filled the room. Judas became indignant. "Why this waste of perfume?" he said. "It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor."

"Leave her alone," Jesus said. "What she has done is beautiful. You will always have the poor, but you will not always have me." He did not mean that we should not help the poor, but He knew His time on earth with His disciples was running out.

Judas became so angry that he went to the chief priests with a plan to betray our Lord and Savior. Then He looked for opportunities. Sin left unchecked in our hearts will grow and grow. Judas had a problem with greed and as treasurer for the disciples he embezzled their gifts. He didn't care about the poor. He only wanted more money. His anger and greed led him to murderous thoughts and he found someone to help him carry out the terrible crucifixion of Jesus.

Lord, have mercy on us. Help us to love and trust you more, especially when we are angry and upset. Make our hearts tender like Mary's and keep us from temptation and sin.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

Sue,

I just read the great news on the Inspire blog...you have another contract for your devotions..YIPPEE! I am thrilled for you! Your writing is being used to touch many, what a blessing. If your readers only knew the beautiful person behind the words, they would be doubly blessed.

Sending a warm email hug.

Love, Joanne