I can’t believe that this weekend is Easter already. It snuck up on me so much I planned a business trip and visit with my daughter without realizing it was Easter weekend. Since I’ll be flying home Sunday morning, I’m not sure I’ll be able to go to church, but I’d love to find a sunrise service like the one we attended last year.
Attending an Easter sunrise service at a historic graveyard
really brought home the impact of the Resurrection.
I didn’t do a very good job of observing a Holy Lent this year, but I was pretty faithful about going to church every week. I skipped one day to try to get in a bike ride before it rained, but God had the last laugh when the rain came early. 😉 I missed another day for the Reston 10 Miler, but usually when planning my Sundays I put church on the calendar first. Carla has written about living her priorities, and making church a priority is the least I can do to live my commitment to my faith.
Our Gospel reading from a few weeks ago told the story of when Mary used the expensive oil on Jesus’ feet. I’ve heard this story many times, but this time Jesus’ words took on new meaning about priorities.
Judas had complained that Mary was being wasteful:
“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”
But Jesus defended her:
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
It’s that last line that struck me:
You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.
I heard those words as reminding me that there always would be work to do, but life is short. I heard those words as telling me that no matter how pressing the deadlines or how “important” the work, spending time with friends and loved ones should be a bigger priority, because the work will always be there, but they may not be. My kids are growing up and starting their own lives. Friends are changing jobs and moving away. A loved one may pass away unexpectedly.
Today’s Wednesday Word is faithful. Whether or not you will be observing Holy Week and celebrating Easter, I hope you can enjoy some time with friends and family.