Vicar’s Reflection: Lent 5, 7th April 2019
“You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” Words said by Jesus in response to the indignation of Judas at the extravagant gesture of Mary when she anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive oil. It is difficult to hold in tension the many needs in the world, while at the same time we ourselves may need rest and a bit of pampering. Preparing a budget has a similar tension. We know the roof might need repairs, but we also have to buy new carpet and the power bill has to be paid. The best answer to these conflicts is to be clear about our values and to recognise priorities; that there is a difference between things urgent and things important; between necessities and desirables. Jesus’ words to his disciples, guests in the home of Lazarus were to remind them of his uniqueness as the Son of God. Through Him their salvation stems, and through Him God is bringing about the Kingdom on earth as in heaven. In our own lives where do we place our priorities, and what are our highest values? The pressing needs of the world, and the siren call of commercial advertisers demand and distract our attention. At times the most important thing is to take time to rest, reflect and be renewed in God’s love. To reconnect with family and loved ones, to be re-energised by time spent with nature. May this Easter be a time for your personal and spiritual renewal.