It’s Monday of Holy Week, and there are many words to read and sermons to write and liturgies to complete and many pastors feel the overwhelm already. We’ll have special posts here today and Thursday to keep you going.
In the Revised Common Lectionary, the gospel lesson for Monday of Holy Week is John’s take on the anointing woman, and I’m reminded of writing a long paper on Mark’s version of the story, in which an unnamed woman cracks open the jar of expensive perfume on Jesus’ head, not his feet. He tells the disciples that people will remember her and tell the story –I tell you the truth that, wherever in the whole world the good news is announced, what she’s done will also be told in memory of her. (Mark 14:9, Common English Bible)
but it’s nowhere to be found in the lectionary. I want to say that every time we stand in a pulpit, or pour out the water of baptism or break the bread and lift the cup, we are telling her story of service and love to Jesus. Hold that thought this week in the midst of details around bread and juice and candles and musicians and flower deliveries.
Join the conversation in the comments and let us know what you’re working on today.
And have a jelly bean. You’ll need it before the week is over.