Smelling the Fragrance of Beauty – A Sermon On John 12:1-8

"Spring fragrance" by César Poyatos is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. I want to think with you today about poverty and that last line from today’s gospel (John 12:1-8) in which Jesus says, “You always have the poor with you, but you do not…

Without A Why – A Sermon On John 12:1-8

"The rose has no why; it blossoms because it blossoms. It pays no attention to itself, nor does it ask whether anyone sees it."

What if we were to live like the rose, without a why? What if we blossomed simply because we blossomed. What if there was no motive or seeking to our blossoming; to be noticed, to be praised, to accomplish? What if we fragranced the world because we couldn’t do anything but fragrance the world? The rose is going to do what it’s going to do regardless of whether anyone sees or smells it. It’s beauty and fragrance are not means to an end. It has no why. 

To Love or to Not Love, A Sermon on John 12:1-8

To love or to not love. That is the question in today’s gospel. It is always the question. Every minute of every day we answer that question. The answer to that question orients our way of being, guides how we…

Thieves and Lovers of the Common Purse – A Sermon on John 12:1-8

The collect and readings for this Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, may be found here. The appointed gospel is John 12:1-8. Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from…

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