- “You will always have the poor among you” (John 12:8).
There will be many days to help the poor. Surely, Judas’ criticism isn’t without some merit. Helping the poor is a significant part of the kingdom mission. But he doesn’t understand the moment they are witnessing. Judas, and the others, do not realize the path that is about to unfold before them. Jesus will die, and Mary’s act of worship connects with that reality. Jesus says that she purchased the perfume for His burial. Instead, she pours it on Him while He is alive. And that fragrance will likely still be with Him as He hangs on the cross. Yes, there will be many days to care for the poor, but this is the day of worship and we should engage it fully.