As we worship God in these late days of Lent, may we resist temptation to judge the gift of another or the place of another or the worthiness of another and may we love each other as Jesus loves us.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Our God is making all things new. Isaiah sings this wondrous truth. We see it as we look out on the beautiful spring world. Brilliant colors of pink and yellow and white. The flowering of all creation is a sign of God’s promise to make all things new.
The gospel text from John 12 is an amazing picture of newness in God and the resistance to God’s newness. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are hosting Jesus in their home and as the meal unfolds, Mary pours out expensive perfume upon Jesus and the fragrance fills the entire house. It’s a beautiful moment and yet there is resistance to her offering, her gift. Judas asks the pointed and accusing question, “Why couldn’t she have sold the perfume and given money to the poor?” His question did not come from purity of heart but from divisiveness.
Indeed in our world, in our lives, in our communities, the temptation in our humanness is to be divided against one another. To accuse one another. To diminish one another’s giftedness. To be unwelcoming to the most recent gift which another might be offering to God and to the Christian community.
We give thanks for this beautiful text. In it, we see Mary pouring herself out in worship. The fragrance fills the entire house.
As we worship God in these late days of Lent, may the fragrance of our love for God fill all the places that we inhabit. May we resist temptation to judge the gift of another or the place of another or the worthiness of another and may we, with Mary, focus on Jesus. Only by focusing on Jesus will we learn to love as Jesus has loved us. Indeed we are called to give our lives for one another just as Christ gives life for us in this Holy season.