Day: Lent 5C
Lectionary Passage: John 12:1-11
Scripture Focus: John 12:3-8
Object: $20 bill
This morning, I’ve got $20 with me and I need your help to pick the best way to spend it. Now, I could use the money to buy a bag of food to give away to people who are hungry. Or, I could use the money to buy a new songbook for others to sing praise to God. Well, let’s take a poll: Raise your hand if you would buy food for the hungry…. now, raise your hand if you would buy a songbook to worship God… it’s a tough one!
In our Bible story today, the same kind of thing happens. There was this woman named Mary who bought a really expensive perfume and she used it to worship God by pouring it over the feet of Jesus. I know that sounds like a strange thing to do, but it was a way for Mary to show her love for Jesus. One of the people who saw her pour the expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet got really angry. He thought Mary was wasting money that could have been used to feed the poor.
You know, Jesus didn’t mind that Mary used her money for worship. But, he also taught us to help the poor, too. Jesus wants us to worship God and help others. So, remember, as Jesus’ friends we need to find ways to use our money to help others and to worship God. Because God cares about full tummies just as much as worship.
Let’s pray: God, help us to always to follow Jesus’ example to worship you and to help others, too. Amen.