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Extravagant Love

 

extravagant love

extravagant love

Is it not true that only when we have been helped by God, and truly recognised that help that we begin to learn how to live extravagantly in honouring Christ wherever we may find him?

The bitter sisters Mary and Martha discovered that nothing was too much to offer in praise of God, after Jesus had restored their lives (the death of their brother Lazarus would have meant certain poverty and vulnerability, leaving them as unmarried destitute women in that society).

Lazarus (meaning ‘God is my help’) had been spectacularly raised from death by Jesus and now, ahead of his departure for the final showdown in Jerusalem, the family had gathered in celebration with Jesus as guest of honour.

When Jesus becomes the reason for our very existence, we have a different sense of values and priorities.

The siblings are transformed into generous and faithful followers of the one who gave them a reason to keep on living every day. Jesus – who will soon become the Passover lamb for all people and all time – is now praised with food and precious ointment.

Mary’s shameless act of extravagance in anointing Jesus’ feet with the precious oil horrifies Judas.

But what’s a year’s wages when you have been given life in all its fullness?

And what of Judas – the cautious, pragmatic, frugal, always playing it safe and secure? He was so consumed with his love of this world that he failed to notice the shadows that were beginning to swallow him.

Interestingly, the name Judas comes from the Hebrew meaning God be praised’.

May all our thoughts, words and actions be acts of praise offered to our Lord.

 

 

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 17th March  2013       Lismore 9.30m, G’bah 6.30pm

‘Extravagant Love’    John 12: 1-8

John 12: 1-8

1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary 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. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(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.) 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

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