Lenten Midweek 1 Sermon on Mary, the Sister of Lazarus and Martha
2 Corinthians 9:6-12
Our Lenten midweek theme is Witnesses to the Cross: People from His Passion
This year’s series paints a stunning portrait of Jesus through the eyes of the witnesses of His Passion in St. John’s Gospel. John tells us he wrote his Gospel: “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30–31).
This Lent, strengthen your faith with the witness of those who were present as part of Jesus’ journey to the cross.
This week: Mary, the Sister of Lazarus and Martha
Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, was a witness to Christ as recorded in John’s Gospel. As Jesus and many others are gathered for dinner, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with an ointment that was worth a year’s wages. What a generous act! Mary’s generosity is contrasted with Judas’s greed. Judas criticizes Mary’s generosity toward Jesus, saying that the ointment could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. But John notes something important: Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor. Judas kept the moneybag for the disciples and had been continually stealing from it. While Mary is generous toward Jesus, Judas seeks his own advantage. We remember Mary’s generosity and love, which point us to Jesus.
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