“Love Surrenderer” – April 3, 2022

Rev. Chelsea Simon

Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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Hello Everyone,

As we continue along our Lenten journey, we enter into the beginning of the end. Following last week’s story of Jesus resurrecting Lazarus from the dead, the religious elite plot to kill Jesus. At this point Jesus is just too popular, too influential, too threatening. Bringing Laraus back to life only expedited the execution plan that was already in motion.

But before we enter Jerusalem we linger in Bethany a bit longer. Our Scripture this Sunday takes place in the home of the newly raised Lararus. As Martha prepares dinner in the kitchen and the men recline with Jesus around the table, Mary kneels at Jesus’s feet and performs a beautiful, vulnerable, courageous, and prophetic act. She anoints his feet with expensive perfume and wipes them with her hair.

And in the midst of this overflowing and abundant offering of love, Judas interrupts with his two cents. Instead of recognizing the significance of Mary’s actions, he tries to shame her for it. He chastises her for not giving that offering to the poor. But Jesus defends Mary saying, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.” Foreshadowing much?

This story has a lot to teach us about extravagant love, courageous action, and bold truth telling. I hope to see you for worship this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (in the Chapel for a shortened Communion Service), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary with the Choir), or on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (and throughout the day and week on our YouTube Channel).

Peace and Love,
Chelsea

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