Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Bible passage assigned to this week, the week before Palm Sunday, is the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume.  In a sense this passage looks skilfully backwards and forwards.  Last week was the story of the prodigal (son).  Mary is the female incarnation of the father in that story.  She too is filled with extravagant love.  The story of Mary also looks forward.  In washing Jesus’ feet, Mary is acting as a precursor to Jesus washing his disciples’ feet at the last supper.  Mary, in a sense understands the role of true discipleship.  The story is also rich with Easter imagery.  Jesus is about to be crucified and his body placed in a tomb.  The stench of a dead body, like the events involving Lazarus, is contrasted with the sweet smell of perfume that Mary brings to Jesus.  However, the main point of this whole passage is the contrast that it draws between Mary and Judas.  Mary’s love is extravagant, sincere and selfless.  Judas’ actions are stingy, deceitful and self-serving.  Yes, there is always a case for good stewardship of resources, but this should not cause us to be mean.  Despite the terrible poverty in the world, I still, on occasion, buy my children an ice-cream often when they have done nothing special to deserve it.  God is like that with us.  Mary was like that with Jesus on this occasion and Jesus recognised in her a true disciple and that is why he commends her.

Discipleship Training

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Training planned for 2018/19 to dovetail with Church Vision of “Growing in Discipleship”

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”
Matthew 28:19

See below for resources on Discipleship, Evangelism and Discerning your Gifts

 

Sharing your Faith

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Booklet on Sharing Faith

Discerning your Gifts

  • Discovering your Gifts for God’s Kingdom
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What are my gifts and how can I best serve

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