Lenten Reading for March 21


The story continues.

But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “˜Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) (John 12:4 – 5)It would be admirable if Judas were sincerely speaking out of compassion for the poor. But he is not. He is pretending to be that which he isn’t. He is mouthing words he doesn’t truly mean. Can he even tell the difference?

This kind of dishonesty is extremely destructive to our spiritual lives. Let us examine ourselves, are we truly honest in our interactions with God, with one another, and with ourselves?

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