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Daily Devotion – March 26, 2018
03.27.18
Mark 14:1-11
   
14 It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, ‘Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.’

3 While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4But some were there who said to one another in anger, ‘Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’

 

10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
Today my scriptures in Mark of some events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion during Holy Week were cleverly portrayed by Matthew, Trish and Rochelle from first person perspectives during our Palm Sunday service yesterday. Trish established the format, and it was her intent to allow the members in the congregation guess who those first persons were supposed to be. The renditions were delivered in the form of conversations that would take place in the present day. Below I copied the bulletin section which includes who the first persons were supposed to be:
 
Readings and Reflections
Introduction (Moving from triumphal entry into the week)
Rochelle
Reading MARK 14:1-2                                                                                                                                                                                                                            First First Person Reflection (Insights from the scribe/Pharisee perspective)
Matthew
Reading MARK 14:3-9
First Person Reflection (From a guest at that dinner party)
Trish
Reading MARK 14:10-11
First Person Reflection (Judas or an old friend/classmate of his)
Rochelle
Reading MARK 14-12-16
Story to be Continued this Thursday Night
Trish
This week is more than focusing on what Jesus might have been struggling with in his mind knowing that he would soon suffer cruel inhumane death. This week was also a time when the disciples underwent four tests that they failed; it was a week that taught us how the disciples responded when things became a bit too intense.
Thanks to Trish’s account of what folk’s reactions might have been as observers in today’s world, the events seemed more real to me.  I was able to reflect on how this might have affected me personally if I was a guest at the meal. How would I have reacted?  The disciples were preoccupied with the poor–and while this is a good thing–their precedence was supposed to be Jesus. The question we should ask ourselves is what needs rearranging in our lives so that we can put God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as our top priorities?
Prayer:
Gracious God, show us areas of our lives where we desire You more than Your blessings. Amen.


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