March 13, 2016

“Whata you do now?”

Passage: John 12:1-8 and Philippians 3:4b-14

What will you do? In the gospel text (John 12:1-8), we hear Jesus' troubling words, You will always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. Rather anathema to our identity as Anabaptist Christians. We come to hold service in high regard as a people of God, where there is such a disparity, there is action. In the meantime, Judas sounds more like Jesus than Jesus. Can Judas teach us something here? And then of course, we need also to contend with the lewd extravagance of Mary. According to Luke, the unnamed woman who previously anointed Jesus' feet was a prostitute. Was that Mary?

Let's not get lost in this expectant passage, there's so much going on. I seem to resonate with Jesus' pregnant words, you will not always have me. I read in, Pay attention now! Here's what needs to be done, get on with it. Even with our significant strides in medical technology, our time as well is finite. What do you plan to do in the interim, in that intermediary time when you are dwelling in this world? Jesus says in Matthew, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. So then, what will we as a church do in the intervening time?