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Day 33, Lent

Today is the fifth Sunday in Lent.  The gospel reading (which will be read in worship this Sunday but is not the text Casey will preach on) is the story where Mary anoints Jesus' feet.  Thom Shuman wrote this poem about that encounter.

Because
(inspired by John 12: 1-8) 

because
we have preserved our joy
in manna jars
for the long winter of despair,
storing them in the dark corners
of our souls,
we have forgotten
its gritty taste;

because
we have put a tight lid
on our joy,
and put it in the back
of the pantry,
we have forgotten
how it can tickle
our noses;

because
we are so busy
prattling pious platitudes
about the poor, the least, the lost,
we ignore your words
which anoint them
as your children;

because
we have put up
the shutters and storm doors
to keep your future
from sneaking in,
we have missed
the sweet breeze
carrying your hope
to us;

because
we are who we are,
restore us, Holy Grace,
and make us
a fragrant offering
to the world.

Peace, friends,
Laurie

Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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