Summary of what I was saying and why:
Paul gets a bad reputation. At least when I hang out in liberal or cynical circles. That’s where I started.
Then I started thinking about Mary and the hidden story we don’t know about this nard. What did it cost her to anoint Jesus’s feet with that expensive feet?
What are the hidden sacrifices in all of our pews and pulpits? How do we honor those?
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: we have all sacrificed for the sake of the Gospel
What did I change on my feet?
I rewrote the end of the sermon on my feet.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I didn’t try to write any modern stories into this sermon. I don’t know that I would go back and do that, I just know that I didn’t.
What did work?
It is important to care for each other and asking the question about the sacrifices we have made (and are making) to worship our God
Other sermons I liked:
Bishop Rickel preaches about how this is not Jesus letting us off the hook or a story of one person being better than the other but the need for both.
Priest Linman preaches about the importance of The Gospel of You (alongside the Gospels of Mary, Lazarus, and Judas).
Priest Giroux preaches on the inability to math love.
Priest Robertson preaches an imagery laden sermon I loved.
(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)