Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Journey to Jerusalem: Always with you

Journey to Jerusalem: IN BODY & SOUL

Having arrived in Jerusalem, we journey with Jesus during his last days.

John 12:1-8
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.”

Lord Jesus,
how well Mary served you!
With abundance and love,
a fragrant offering
from not just her heart
but also her livelihood.

Oh, how I wish I could
give you such a gift.

And yet, you say I can.
In your rebuke to Judas,
you say:
"You always have the poor with you,
but you do not always have me."
Do you mean that
by serving the poor
I am serving you, Lord?

During this Holy Week,
move my love for you
to overflow in acts of
abundant love and compassion
for the poor!
In so doing,
may I be serving you
offering not just my wealth
but my very life.

During Lent at Westminster Presbyterian Church, we have journeyed well over 7,000 miles together! Thank you for joining us on the Journey to Jerusalem!

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