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From today’s principal service Gospel:

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
(John’s Gospel, chapter 12, verses 1-3, NRSV)

Why do Christians these days seem more inclined to kick up a stink than to create a house-filling fragrance? If we concentrated less on our ‘rights’ and how ‘persecuted’ we are, and more on the quality of our offerings to God, what difference might we make?

This window is in the parish church at Gulval in Cornwall.

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