In our Gospel reading this week we find a demonstration of the most spectacular and extravagant love. Jesus has been invited to be the guest of honour at a dinner party at the home of his dear friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus. As the evening progresses Mary take out a bottle of the most expensive perfume and uses it to wash Jesus’ feet.
The act is both breathtaking and shocking as the perfume would have cost Mary almost a years wages. But as we have seen before Mary is no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing her devotion to the Lord. We would do well to take a leaf out of her book.
Jesus himself will soon show them all a thing or two about breathtaking love. They will see it when he shows them that true love is best expressed when we are willing to serve others by washing their feet. But most breathtakingly of all Jesus will soon willingly allow his own breath to be taken away in order that we may know life.
This life giving love is the kind of love he expects from us too. Till next time. Andrew
“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.
_This weeks readings; Isaiah 43:16-21
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills