“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 12:4-6
By this time, the other disciples knew that Judas wasn’t honest about he handled the group’s money, but did they ever say anything about it?
How often do we witness an uneven distribution of money, natural resources, or justice, and raise our voices? How often do we let people in power know our outrage at the way certain people are targeted with discrimination? Who speaks with and for women and children living in poverty? Who stands with women who are victims of domestic violence?
As stewards of God’s justice, we must use words and actions to make certain the silence doesn’t win.
This message is adapted from a devotion written by Mary Ingram Zentner for Women of the ELCA in 1998.
Today we remember Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig, bishop, renewer of the church, who died in 1872.