Scripture (click on link): John 12:1-7
Love in the World
“Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.
- John 12:7
Now is the time.
Jesus arrives at their door in Bethany.
“He’s here.” Now.
He’s here, braving the Passover crowds, braving the turmoil.
Martha serves. She hears the “now” of gathering around a table. God bless the Martha’s of our world. God bless the work of her hands. Her gift of hospitality creates Love in the world for the good of us all.
Mary pours. She hears the “now” of retrieving that pure nard from the place where she saved it. She empties it on Jesus’ feet. God bless the Mary’s of our world. God bless her tears. Her tenderness creates Love in the world for the good of us all.
Even Judas. Was it greed that wanted for himself the profit the perfume would render? Or was he, perhaps, so deep in debt that he saw this extravagant gift, the perfume costing a labourer’s income for a year, as a way to put back in the purse what he had stolen and perhaps set things right? Perhaps his heart was in the right place. He knows what good this money can do. There is possibility here. We don’t know. God bless the Judas’ of our world, grievous in their actions. And yet there is always hope.
Jesus blesses. Love wastefully, he says. When your turn to love comes, love wastefully. Much is dying all around us. Much needs to die. The time is now. Love wastefully. Love like this matters.
Take time today to intentionally love in the world.
Reach out to 3 or 4 people and tell them, or send them a text/email telling them that you truly love them.
Take a moment of prayer to focus on the names of those that you know you need to love, but find it hard.
The time is now. Love wastefully. Love like this matters.
WELLSPRING OF LIFE, it seems there is so little we can do in this world of ours, there is so much to grieve, so much that worries us, so much that is unfair, so much pain and violence. And yet. And yet, we let our love flow. Now. Now is the time. We trust our loving actions are part of the healing, for the good of us all. Amen.
Peace, Rev. Gail
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