Greetings on this the Monday of Holy Week
Readings: Is 42:1-7; PS 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14; Jn 12:1-11
Note One: I cannot give high enough praise to Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg a teacher and theologian committed to educating Christians and removing anti-Semitism from the Christian faith. I recommend his book The Jewish Gospel of John.
Note Two: Interfaith prayer service for the Farmworkers who died from COVID-19. Quakers (Religious Society of Friends), Iman, Rabbi, Priest and Deacon offering prayers for these bruised reeds.
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A Bruised Reed
A bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench.
To open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
When the Lord speaks about us it is always in terms that have a twin meaning.
We are in a bind and we are in need of compassion.
The verse before the gospel says it well:
Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our faults.
Objection, Your Honor
Careful reading the gospel message today, our objections are made clear and we are in need of divine compassion.
A dinner for Lazarus and Jesus – a large crowd wanted to see the spectacle of Lazarus and a taste of a good meal. The Romans call it Bread and Circus.
A potential for pocketing money – Judas the Iscariot wanted the gift to be converted to cash so he could take a portion. Helping the poor can be a vehicle for riches and fame. I guess there is a tax collector in all of us. The gospel of Mark goes deeper into this bruised reed problem and our misuse of the poor in a myriad of ways.
Anointing Jesus – only Mary. In the gospel of Mark it is written wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. She got it.
Here is a nice interfaith write-up on spikenard.
In preparation for the departure of the spirit to the heavens, Spikenard allows us to release our fears of the unknown, to have the courage to step forward. Spikenard helps to reconcile all that has happened to us in this lifetime upon the earth, and to make peace with those who have hurt us.
Our Help is in the Lord
…who made heaven and earth.
Hold his hand and journey with the Lord.
I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations.
Peace be with you,