Deuteronomy 10.12-22, 1John 4.7-21, St Matthew 12.28-34a
In the name of the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of the World
When you think of the world, what do you think?
When you hear that the ice in the artic is melting that will raise sea levels and flood low levels of the country who do you think about?
When you hear global warming will lead to a draught who do you think of?
When you hear there may be bird flu coming to this country who do you think of?
When you pass a homeless person on the street who might look threatening, who do you think of?
Mark 14.1 - 8: Jesus anointed at Bethany
It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; for they said, "Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people." While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. But some were there who said to one another in anger, "Why was the ointment wasted in this way?
In the name God; Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier. Amen.
It never ceases to amaze me how arrogant we all can be. Today is Mothering Sunday, and wouldn't you know the male dominated people who create the rules by which we live, even in Church worship across the road, have chosen, on this day, a day that at least gives a token nod to motherhood or, as we would say in the United States: Motherhood, the Flag and Apple Pie, is a day when they appoint for the Gospel the story of the Forgiving Father, The Prodigal Son and rather jealous Son - three males. So on the day designated as the one that we look to mothers, we have the story of three men. I suppose we are to think the mother was probably inside the house cooking the fatted calf.
The New Yorker magazine had a cartoon recently. A couple was descending the steps of a church after Sunday services. The husband was pondering the sermon and finally turned to his wife and said; “how can I love my neighbour, when I don’t even like him?” this sounds like a familiar dilemma to me.