Corona Virus Daily Devotions Week 28

Coronavirus – Week Twenty-Eight – Devotion

Look for a Sign of Hope Today…
What Will Bring you Joy Today?…
Pray for our Teachers and School Administrators…
Covid-19 Numbers are Actually People…
Pray for the Staff and Residents of 7 Lakes ALH…
All Our Brothers and Sisters in the Path of Isaias,
Lord Have Mercy…
Blessings on All Returning Students…
Especially all the College Students…
Pray for Those in Danger from Wild Fires…
Pray for Those in Danger from Hurricanes…
Consider your Offering of Time, Talent, and Treasure…
Who Will You Invite to Zoom Homecoming, Sept. 27th…
It’s National Double Cheeseburger Day!!!…
Pray for those Recovering from Sally…

“Christians are not meant
to be salespeople for the Gospel,
but we are called
to be free samples of it.”
Martyn Atkins,
British Methodist Superintendent

Scripture
Matthew 26:1-13

…a woman came to him
with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment,
and she poured it on his head
as he sat at the table…(Jesus said)
“By pouring this ointment on my body
she has prepared me for burial.
Truly I tell you,
wherever this good news is proclaimed
in the whole world,
what she has done
will be told in remembrance of her.”

The meal was in full swing when suddenly one of the women came in. Normally woman in the first century did not join the men…it just wasn’t done. So, the start of this story is a shock for everyone. But, then she begins to pour a jar of expensive ointment all over Jesus’ head.

Uncomfortable with the breaking of social norms and the perceived wasting of good money, Jesus’ male followers begin to complain to him and in doing so, shame the woman. Then there is a pause to wait to see what Jesus will say.

“What’s your problem?” he asks. “This was a good thing she’s done. You will always have the poor to look after but you won’t alway have me. She’s done the right thing in preparing my body for burial!” A gasp goes throughout the room as Jesus continues, “Let me tell you this! Whenever the good news is announced throughout the world, what she has done will be told.”

The woman is relieved at Jesus’ affirmation of her actions but everyone is distraught at the mention of his burial. Yes, he’s been talking about the crucifixion of the Son of Man but we thought that was just his way of preparing us for a time of great struggle and suffering. If he is actually going to die, where is the good news to be told throughout the world.

What the disciples didn’t yet realize is that his death was not only the direct and foreseeable result of Jesus’ kingdom mission, it was the means by which that mission would be accomplished.

Meditation

In this time of silence and meditation imagine that you are sitting around the table and have just witnessed this whole drama playing out. Amongst the aromas of the food and wine you can also perceive the fragrance of the oil dripping down Jesus’ beard and onto his clothes. You see that he is at peace with his future death and it’s hard for you to understand. Now Jesus pulls up a chair to sit just across the table from you. What do you think he will say? What will you ask?

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus, give us wisdom to understand your mission and the courage to tell your good news throughout the world. Amen.

As you complete your time of meditation and prayer Tamara invites you to reflect on the words of this song…

https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=X29hPMgKUyM

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul