in today’s Gospel Jesus is eating with Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. Mary takes a nard of fine oil and anoints his feet. Judas asks why the oil was wasted when it could have been sold and the money given to the poor.

Jesus says ” the poor you will always have with you, but you do not always have me.

He was speaking to them in the present tense of course, but he is speaking to us as well. There is a time for everything: jesus is telling us that we need balance in our lives, even when what we are filling our life with is service to those in need.

When we expend all of our energy in one area of our lives, even if that area is in doing good, we will experience burnout. It is difficult to experience the love of Jesus when we are burned out. We need to find a balance among all of our activities so that there is a place for Jesus.

Are you finding balance in your life?

What can you do this week to help create better balance?