A woman comes in…
–she sits at his feet and bathes him in perfume—pouring it all out to anoint him
–When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial…
–Wait, Master we are not ready for that…we are not ready to see your life drain out
–we are still riding high on halleluiahs, we are not ready to sing laments.
Someone picks up the pitcher, and begins to pour, filling glasses with wine.
–I will not drink again of this until I drink of it with you in my kingdom
— This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
— a life poured out: because he came to give that life abundantly
–abundant life through a compassionate life—abundant life through sacrifice
Jesus picks up the pitcher, and begins to pour, washing the feet of all that have called him teacher, called him friend—called him brother.
–“Do you understand what I have done for you?”
–I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
–an example of a life given in service
–an example of a life loving God and loving neighbor.
–an example of how to let the living water within you pour out to give others life
Jesus begins to pray, his anguish pours out like blood drops.
–This is a bitter cup that has been poured for me, but not my will Father.
–Death is around the corner, but this is not a reality we want to dally on.
–Certainly not when it is the death of our friend, our mentor—our king.
–Because him dying means our dreams will be cut short…
–dreams of being free from oppression;
–dreams of finally putting our captors in their place;
–dreams of sitting alongside a throne;
–all of those dreams are betrayed…
…and sent away to die.
We sitting here today that know that this life was not lost—not a single drop
–but before we fast forward to Sunday;
–but before we judge the disciples abandonment;
–before we check another Good Friday off our list– remember;
–REMEMBER the command to LOVE one another;
–REMEMBER that you once walked in darkness;
–REMEMBER the baptismal waters—that poured over you
covering you, burying you with Christ.
REMEMBER the Life that was POURED out for the forgiveness of sins, and that we as little imperfect vessels are called to anoint, to wash and to pour out.