Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 07-APR-2019 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Lent 5 – Lent is regarded as a serious, sombre time for focusing on confession – so what should we give up? The passage from John's gospel tells of a dinner party for Lazarus, whom Jesus had recently raised from the dead, and they were celebrating in spite of the lingering threat of Jesus' death. Mary, Lazarus' sister, could see the big picture of what was going to happen, and in a very extravagant display of her devotion to Jesus she anointed him as though for burial, using a large amount of expensive perfume. Let us celebrate in inclusive, life-preserving ways, and avoid the judgmental asceticism that frowns on all light-hearted, pleasurable experiences. Authentic celebration is a necessary discipline in the fight against injustice, a way to rise above impoverished circumstances. What if we were to take the call to celebrate more seriously, and go celebrate?
John 12: 1-8

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