Bringing Forth Justice
“Then Judas…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…used to steal the contributions. So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.” John 12:4-7
Jesus saw right through Judas. He knew Judas didn’t care about the poor, but was just looking out for himself. We all have ulterior motives sometimes, even when following Jesus. Maybe we love our neighbors, for instance, out of a sense of obligation rather than compassion. Maybe we like the way people look at us when we do the right thing. Does it even matter what’s in our hearts as long as we’re doing what we’re “supposed” to do? Apparently so.
Perhaps there are no pure motives. All we can do is stay in touch with our own hearts and offer a little correction here and there. We can remind ourselves of our many blessings, thank God for opportunities to serve and ask him to soften our hearts.
Christ Jesus, help e to approach all things with generosity, gratitude and joy.
Read: Isaiah 42: 1-7, Psalm 27: 1-3, 13-14, John 12: 1-11