Lent 5 – “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 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.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

–John 12.3-8

  • What in your life, in your relationships with others, do you take for granted right now?
  • Are you open to change in yourself or your life? What would that change look like?
  • Do you tend to think of God as someone who interrupts your plans or as someone who frees you to live more fully?
  • When are you most attentive to Jesus?

We’re getting closer to that important time, not the end of school (though that is important), but the moment when Jesus enters Jerusalem to cheers and shouts of expectation which quickly turn into a meal where Jesus calls his small group of disciples friends, then gets betrayed by one of them, is arrested, tried and killed. Things are beginning to change and it’s a story meant to change us too; join us Sunday night as we get ready for the journey towards Jerusalem and towards those important days.  Our service is at 6pm and we’ll enjoy a delicious supper after the service.  I hope to see you on Sunday.

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