The Fragrance of Goodness

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Luke 15:1-3;11-32

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We often find a way of expressing the quality of a spiritual experience through the sense of smell. “I don’t like the smell of this,” refers to some negatives discerned in a situation.

Two spiritual odors rise up in the incident of the supper with Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus whom Jesus brought back to life. There is the aroma of extravagant love in the costly oil of spikenard; there is the spiritual stench of death in Judas’ greed, exploitation of the poor, and in the plot to kill Jesus. Yet the sweet smell of life and love fills the house, overpowering the stifling, musty smell of hatred and death.

Are you ready to be Mary, pouring out your life in loving service for others? Overpower the negative odors that seek to pollute the otherwise sweet fragrance of your own goodness—gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Mary anointing Your feet v. 3
Love’s fragrance filling the space v. 3
Oil of life—Resurrection v. 7
Jesus with us in the poor v. 8

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This is the Fifth Week in Lent, Year C.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke, with focus on the Gospel of John in the later weeks of Lent and during the Easter Season.