This week’s Gospel tells the story of the extravagant act of adoration by Mary toward Jesus. She anoints his feet with something like $30,000 worth of perfumed oil. Judas sees it and objects that the money could have been better spent on the meeting the needs of the poor. The author of the Gospel tells us that Judas’ objection wasn’t made out of concern for the poor but because he wanted the money that was spent on the oil for himself. In that he was like anyone who has ever stuck their hand into the money box at a church social or a Little League concession stand.
The point is that Judas wanted a relationship with Jesus that met his needs, not because he was thankful that Jesus had given him so much. And in that, well, Judas is like a lot of people we meet in the world who are interested in what the Church can or will do for them, and less interested in a relationship of gratitude and love for God.
It’s a hard thing to hear because, truthfully, we are all sort of mixture of both Mary and of Judas. Sometimes even on the same day.