Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
Upon whom I have put my Spirit ... Isaiah 42 1-7 (1st Reading)
The Lord is my light and my salvation. - Psalm 27:1-14 (Today's psalm)
Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
"Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days' wages
and given to the poor?"
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, "Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." - From today's Gospel John 12:1-11
We live in a bizarre world, don't we? If you read the Gospel everyday, it isn't long before you are faced with reality in some form or another. While googling pictures for this post, the ebay ad was featured at the top. And from what I understand, that's only a small sampling of the "ancient treasured relics" you can purchase there.
Mary took what was probably her only treasure, and sacrificed it to comfort Jesus. It meant nothing to her in comparison to her being able to sit at His feet.
As we start the last week of Lent, think about what treasure you would be willing to give up for the poor. You don't have to give it up, just think about it. You'll know when and if it's time to let it go.