Is 42:1-7; Ps 27; Jn 12:1-11

They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Jesus gathers with friends in Bethany six days before Passover. A typical holiday scene unfolds. There are those bustling with preparations for hospitality, those enjoying downtime with their guest, and those complaining about everyone else’s actions. Though Judas has ulterior motives for his complaints, Jesus’ response is appropriate for all of us during this Holy Week. This is a time to be in his presence. This is a time to lavish him with our time, attention and gratitude. The world and all its demands simply can wait. We're invited to focus solely on our beloved friend who comes to us, to our homes, hoping for an enthusiastic welcome.
Loving Savior, help me to be truly present to you and remain constantly with you throughout this Holy Week.

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