April is upon us, and our Lenten journey slowly comes to a close. The churchyard is abloom with buttercups, dandelions, henbit, and “purple flowers”. Our preparations for Easter in the yard have begun in earnest: flower beds have been cleared, trees tended, flowers prepared for planting, and a new crapemyrtle should be in before Easter. This year it is a bit difficult not getting ahead of ourselves, the weather is warming and spring is in the air. But we still work our way through the reflective portion of Lent, looking for God’s presence in our community and welcoming family and friends alike.

In worship today there was some counterpoint between Paul and the gospel. But before we heard their conversation, Hebrew scripture engaged us in the Psalm and Isaiah. We were reminded that “when God was faithful to Zion…” God’s people were renewed and welcomed home and that a new thing was breaking out in their midst. Jesus was anointed by Mary; Mary was chastised by Judas; Jesus reminded his disciples it was their responsibility to tend to the poor who society didn’t care for. Paul capped with his plea that he wanted to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. The power in our life is breaking out in the here and now, it means taking care of our neighbors and family, and being attentive to the voice of Christ calling us to relationship.

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Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8

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