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The Rev. Dr. Blair Monie

A Lingering Fragrance

John 12:1-11

5th Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 13, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Blair Monie (PCUSA)


"When we lift our hands in praise and worship, we break spiritual jars of perfume over Jesus. The fragrance of our praise fills the whole earth and touches the heart of God." 
- Dennis Ignatius

The smell of chlorine wafts through the air. Suddenly, you recall childhood memories of summers spent in a swimming pool you haven't seen in years. Or perhaps it's a whiff of apple pie or the scent of the perfume your grandmother wore or maybe incense from an old church, and memories come flooding in.

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The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor

The Prophet Mary

John 12:1-8

5th Sunday in Lent - Year C

March 21, 2010

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor (TEC)

Today we are headed to a home in the Jerusalem suburb of Bethany, where Jesus stopped in to see his old friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus before he entered the city for the last time.  He loved them, John tells us, although he does not tell us why.  Maybe there is no "why" to love.  They called him Lord, so they knew who he was, and yet they were not his disciples, at least not in any formal sense.  They were his friends, the three people in whose presence he could be a man as well as a Messiah.

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