Sunday, April 3, 2022

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Fifth Week in Lent, Sunday, April 3, 2022

John 12:1-8 (NCV) read by Mark Beingessner

John 12:1-8
Six days before the Passover Feast, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus lived. (Lazarus is the man Jesus raised from the dead.) There they had a dinner for Jesus. Martha served the food, and Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus. Mary brought in a pint of very expensive perfume made from pure nard. She poured the perfume on Jesus’ feet, and then she wiped his feet with her hair. And the sweet smell from the perfume filled the whole house.

Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ followers who would later turn against him, was there. Judas said, “This perfume was worth an entire year’s wages. Why wasn’t it sold and the money given to the poor?” But Judas did not really care about the poor; he said this because he was a thief. He was the one who kept the money box, and he often stole from it.

Jesus answered, “Leave her alone. It was right for her to save this perfume for today, the day for me to be prepared for burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We take great comfort knowing you desire to spend time with us. You seek relationship with us and accept us as we are. Whether reborn, silent, serving, washing, betraying, or criticising, you know each of us intimately and welcome us into your community. You know our thoughts and true colours; yet, you count us all among your chosen family.

Loving Divine Family, we hear the invitation to be in the moment with you. We respond to the invitation to be generous with ourselves and you.  Ancient civilizations believed the smell of flowers and perfume was a sign of the essence of gods and mystical beings. How amazing that Mary anointed you, reminding us of your presence! 

I am with you on today’s journey, Loving LORD, and thank you for…

Teach us your ways, LORD, so we may look beyond our own faults and the faults of others to instead focus on community and build each other up. In these waning days of Lent, stay with us and encourage us to be true reflections of you. Let your love flow through us so we may greet each other in a good way.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 126:1-6
Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4-14

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