offered by Leah Springford
Mary Anoints Jesus
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 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.’
The Plot to Kill Lazarus
When the great crowd of the Judeans learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Judeans were deserting, and were believing in Jesus.
Daily Prayers and Reflection
There will again be a time to celebrate, but it is not now.
There will again be a time for feasting, but not today.
There will again be a time to pour out expensive perfume, but for the moment we leave it stored.
We long for resurrection, but for now see mostly death.
We long for the fresh air of freedom, but today salvation keeps most at home, whilst nurses and doctors keep Lazarus company, and water waits to be turned to wine.
It will all come; but not today.
Today, we hope.
In Christ, with Christ, through Christ.
Clive Marsh – President – Methodist Church
As we walk through Holy Week we realize that this is our new reality. No gathering of family for Easter feasting, no gathering in churches to celebrate our risen Lord.
As a lay anointer my thoughts are always focused on healing. Let us pray especially this week for the healing of the world. For healing for those who suffer from the virus, for healing for those who are feeling lonely or frustrated, locked away in our homes, mental healing for our front line workers and children who are missing school and friends.
We know that this will pass and we must persevere with God’s help.
Dear God, please keep my family, friend and loved ones safe. Please watch over them always, and let good health and blessings shower upon them. If someone is hurting today, comfort them and make them well again. AMEN