A Symbol of God’s Covenant . . .
Isaiah 42:1-7 NLT
 “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations.
 He will not shout or raise his voice in public.
 He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.
 He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction. ”
 God, the LORD, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. And it is he who says,
 “I, the LORD, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations.
 You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.
Reflection . . .
Jesus was called to demonstrate God’s righteousness. The events that took place during the week leading up to His death, burial and resurrection accomplished the sacrifice for sin that was necessary to bring people into a right relationship (covenant) with God. Jesus’ act of obedience demonstrated God’s profound love for mankind.
It required such great humility, the kind found in the gospel reading for today about Mary who gave such a great gift to honour the Lord. She gave her best, the most valuable and used it up on her Lord. To what lengths are we willing to go in response to God’s great love for us?
John 12:1-7 NLT
Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”